Phoenix Suns vs. San Antonio Spurs: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Phoenix Suns (13-3) play against the San Antonio Spurs (11-11) at AT&T Center

Game Time: 8:30 PM EST on Monday November 22, 2021

Phoenix Suns 13, San Antonio Spurs 16 (Q1 04:32)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Now Ayton was in the paint for a long time, longer than 3 seconds, but the diagonal feed from Booker up to down to Ayton, who sealed off Eubanks is a wrinkle in #Suns offense.
Down 16-9 as Cam Johnson and Cameron Payne are in. Ayton with four as he hits jump hook in lane. – 8:53 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Got the start and making an impact early 👏
cc: @Keita Bates-Diop pic.twitter.com/wgRHsAkJ7l8:52 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns are doing that thing where they can’t shoot on the second night of a back-to-back. They’re 3-for-10 to start – 8:51 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Spurs winning rebounding battle, 8-4, by crashing the offensive boards, but Popovich calls timeout as #Suns are only down one despite shooting 3-of-9.
Monty Williams talked about defense needing to travel for #Suns to have success. Phoenix 3rd in #NBA in defensive rating. – 8:49 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
ah yes a size mismatch wait that’s chris paul don’t do tha— pic.twitter.com/VMzD8MIKSf8:48 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Sunstake 3-0 lead on Crowder 3. – 8:42 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Very much looking forward to this Thad Young audition tonight – 8:40 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Suns: Booker, Paul, Bridges, Crowder, Ayton
Spurs: Murray, White, Johnson, KBD, Poeltl – 8:36 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
It’s that time y’all! Enter the Spurs Digital Arena pres. by @SociosHoops now for your shot at some cash to use in the Fan Shop 💰 – 8:34 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
We in here. #Suns #Spurs pic.twitter.com/4uJvAEN9EL8:26 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
gameday mood @Drew Eubanks 🗣 pic.twitter.com/96srhvRRoA8:26 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
About that time for game time.
📺 @BALLYSPORTSAZ pic.twitter.com/bn6uB39cqe8:24 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
First 5️⃣ on the floor tonight!
#PorVida pic.twitter.com/arsog0hJ7j8:15 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
How important is Marcus Morris Sr. being good to the Clippers, especially offensively?
He has scored 20+ points 16 times as a Clipper, including postseason.
The only game the Clippers lost out of those 16 was Game 6 against the Suns in June. – 8:14 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Tonight’s starters!
#ValleyProud pic.twitter.com/isoQPo9wkd8:00 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
🎙Latest Spurscast episode with @Michael De Leon: projectspurs.com/2021/11/22/spu…
Dejounte Murray’s strong start to the season
– The concerning 3PT shooting for the team
– Episode recorded before Spurs loss to Timberwolves7:53 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Tonight’s @BannerHealth Health Update: pic.twitter.com/B9EtxJ6vJA7:37 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Pop said Spurs are doing a lot of things right, but so often, it boils down to 3-pt shooting, especially in 4Q. “There’s nothing you can do about that, but as long as we’re doing all the other things, hopefully over time that worm will turn & they will become more confident.” – 7:22 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Asked about the players-only meeting the Spurs had after the Minnesota game, Pop said, “Well, that’s just dandy. I hope they had a good talk.” – 7:13 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Pop said McDermott’s right knee didn’t feel right after shootaround. – 6:55 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Gregg Popovich said that Devin Booker changing his role for Team USA and playing the way he did right after going through a loss in the Finals was amazing. Said he was spectacular at performing for them while still having the defeat on his mind. – 6:54 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
With McDermott out, Pop will start Keita Bates-Diop tonight.
It will be his fourth career start and first since his rookie season of 2018-19. – 6:53 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Reppin’ The Valley tonight!
This week’s @PayPal uniform lineup 👇 pic.twitter.com/Q1RYyehZHm6:45 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Back at the crib this week 👊🏠
#ULTRADrip | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/oyUA1medZx6:43 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Here is a sentence you might not have expected to hear five years ago, especially from those in San Antonio:
“To see teams like Phoenix come up from what they were, it gives us a lot of hope.”
expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a… via @expressnews – 6:32 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Keldon, DJ, Bryn, Devin, Derrick & Zach Collins
will be on West Side on Tuesday, teaming w/ @HEB & @safoodbank to distribute 200 Thanksgiving meals to families & seniors. SS&E employees will assist in handing out the meals.
The event is a part of the Spurs Season of Giving. – 6:22 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs rookie Jock Landale is getting some shots up as he works his way back from health and safety protocols. pic.twitter.com/c4C4GGLXTR6:10 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
From day one.
@Annexus | #ValleyProud pic.twitter.com/8gvxpZIVez5:33 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“It makes you feel a lot better knowing what we went through. I did a lot more years at the bottom than he did.”
Devin Booker when he and Deandre Ayton were asked about going from winning just 19 games their 1st year together in 2018-19 to winning 12 straight this season. #Suns pic.twitter.com/rmyrHdA5Jg5:27 PM

Cody Taylor @CodyTaylorNBA
The latest NBA Power Rankings on @RookieWire, with the Suns, Celtics and Timberwolves among the biggest rising teams therookiewire.usatoday.com/lists/nba-powe…4:42 PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Always enjoy stumbling on your own past work when doing book research. sbnation.com/nba/2014/12/5/…4:07 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder posted on IG they are indeed putting floaties on when they hit floaters. V good celly pic.twitter.com/Hw9VxWf6nz3:58 PM

Carl Steward @stewardsfolly
This is such a phenomenal book and a fantastic baseball offseason read just taking one or two players per day. I read a handful online at The Athletic in its “live” incarnation but in book form it’s an absolute joy. It will go down as one of the all-time great baseball books. pic.twitter.com/Qv56rpnDGZ3:58 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
One thought kept running though Spurs TV voice @BillLand‘s mind as he was honored this summer by @SIUE:
“Man, I’m a pretty lucky guy.”
expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…3:49 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
No Abdel Nader (knee) again tonight for the Suns.
Spurs will be without Doug McDermott (knee). – 3:48 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Deandre Ayton was a nominee for Western Conference Player of the Week. In his first four games back from injury he averaged 17.5 PPG and 12.5 RPG. Damian Lillard won it. – 3:47 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Top-8 team defenses this season + what they have allowed opponents to shoot from 3
GSW: 101.3, 33.6% (9th)
LAC: 102.9, 33.9% (12th)
PHX: 103.6, 36.0% (22nd)
WAS: 104.6, 31.6% (2nd)
MIA: 104.7, 33.7% (10th)
UTA: 105.2, 32.8% (4th)
CHI: 105.3, 35.7% (19th)
MIN: 105.5, 31.3% (1st) – 3:46 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Deandre Ayton was a nominee for Western Conference Player of the Week. Damian Lillard won it – 3:42 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
The other nominees for the NBA’s Player of the Week award were:
WEST: Deandre Ayton, Jordan Poole, Karl-Anthony Towns
EAST: LaMelo Ball, Jimmy Butler, Clint Capela, DeMar DeRozan, Darius Garland, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Jayson Tatum – 3:39 PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
GAME THEORY PODCAST: @DaveDuFourNBA is here, and we break down the NBA, 21 Questions style. On the Warriors, Steph, Suns, Wizards, Maxey, DeMar, Dallas, PG, potential first-time All-NBA guys and plenty more.
SUBSCRIBE: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/gam…
SPOTIFY: open.spotify.com/show/7eZjcZwf6…3:32 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Four-game homestand starts tonight!
🆚 @Phoenix Suns
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Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Frank Kaminsky (knee) and Abdel Nader (knee) remain OUT for tonight’s game at San Antonio. #Suns2:30 PM