Tim Duncan earned his seventh double-double this season, scoring 17 points and registering 13 rebounds, to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Phoenix Suns, 108-101. San Antonio (20-5) has now won seven of their last 10 games.
Duncan shot 6-13 and converted 5-5 from the free throw line. Other top performers for San Antonio were Manu Ginobili with 24 points and 7 assists, and Kawhi Leonard with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the loss, Channing Frye scored 22 points for Phoenix on 8-11 shooting, including 4-4 from behind the arc. Eric Bledsoe chipped in 15 points and 7 assists, Miles Plumlee finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Markieff Morris put up 12 points and 6 rebounds.
The Suns dished out 16 assists versus 19 turnovers, a ratio of just .84. They are 2-4 on the season when committing more errors than assists in a game. The Spurs, on the other hand, are undefeated (4-0) when forcing opponents beneath 1.00 in assist-to-turnover ratio.
This loss snaps a five-game winning streak for Phoenix, dropping them to 14-10 on the year.
Coming up, the Spurs play the Golden State Warriors, who are 14-12 on the season. The Suns go up against the Denver Nuggets, currently sitting at 14-10 this year. The Spurs are 1-0 versus Golden State this season. The Suns are 1-0 versus Denver this season.