Suns Defeat Spurs And Are 1st To Reach 20 Wins

PHOENIX (AP) – Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, Jae Crowder added 19 points – his best record of the season – and the Phoenix Suns defeated the San Antonio Spurs 108-104 on Monday night.

The timeless Paul had several highlights in the final minutes, helping the Suns become the first team with 20 wins this season.


Paul, 36, made his mark on defense with a great play in which he deflected the ball from Dejounte Murray as he was about to score with 1:30 left, which would have reduced Phoenix’s lead to just one. point. Instead, the ball bounced off Murray before leaving the court.

Seconds later, the veteran added a shot from mid-range while being fouled. Paul converted the free throw and three-point play to make the score 108-102.

Phoenix played its first game since breaking an 18-game winning streak last Friday against Golden State. The Suns were undaunted by the misstep, going to 19 wins in their last 20 games since Oct. 27.

The Spurs had a four-game winning streak snapped. All five San Antonio starters scored in double digits, led by Murray’s 17 points. Bryn Forbes contributed 15 units as a substitute.

The Suns had a 16-point lead late in the third quarter, but settled for a 79-79 difference after three periods. The Spurs gradually reduced the margin until Doug McDermott hit a triple that tied the score at 88 with 6:10 to play.

From then on the game remained tight, although the Suns were never at a disadvantage. Cam Johnson – who scored 13 points – hit a 3-pointer with 1:10 left that put them up 103-97.