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Phoenix Suns vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction & Preview



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The San Antonio Spurs, in the midst of a four-game winning streak, travel to Phoenix to take on a Suns team that knows a thing a thing or two about streaks. The Spurs are coming off a big win over the Western Conference #1 seed the Golden State Warriors, 112-107. The Suns finally saw their 18-game winning streak snapped in their last game, also against Golden State, 118-96. Game time is set for 9pm EST.


Winning Way

For almost two decades, the San Antonio Spurs were the standard of excellence in the NBA. In their latest 4-game winning streak, the Spurs are just looking for consistency and may have found something with their young team. The biggest win of the streak may have come in the fourth game as the Spurs hung on to beat the most recent standard of excellence in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors.


Derrick White scored 25 points and Dejounte Murray had 22 points and 12 rebounds in the Spurs 112-107 victory over the now 19-4 Warriors. White hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:43 left in the game to give the Spurs a 107-106 lead. The Spurs timing couldn't have been better, catching the Warriors the night after Golden State was able to end the 18-game winning streak of the Phoenix Suns.

"We didn't panic," White said. "They were up three and we just answered and found a way to win. It's not a good recipe for success. We want to keep the leads that we have, but just stay with it, compete and good things happened tonight.

"We knew they were going to go on a run. They're the Warriors, they've been doing it for years."

The Warriors did, in fact, make a run or two in this one. Golden State trailed by as many as 22 points and by 18 points as late as the 3rd quarter before storming back. The Warriors rallied for a 104-103 lead on Curry's step-back 3-pointer with 2:39 left that highlighted a 21-4 run.

"We're thrilled because they are who they are and we could still get the win, although we know we caught a break," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

"You can see why it's a special program and why they're championship-caliber guys. It's not just about the talent, it's all the other stuff and they've got it in spades."

Coach Pop knows a thing or two about championships and hopes to continue building his young group towards those lofty goals.



Start Anew

The Phoenix Suns had reeled off 18 straight wins before they ran up against the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors were not about to let the streak continue on their home floor and dropped the red hot Suns, 118-96. With the Warriors loss to tonight's opponent San Antonio the next night, the Suns are now tied with Golden State for the NBA's best record at 19-4.


"They did a good job of speeding us up," Suns coach Monty Williams said. "We did that to them the other day. That's part of the chess match. When we got to the paint and found guys, it was phenomenal in the second quarter but that's the only quarter we did it consistently."

The two teams have now split a pair of home and home games this week, with each winning on their own home floor. The Suns had overcome their 1-3 start to go without a loss for nearly five weeks. The 96 points against Golden State was the least amount of points the Suns have scored this season. Deandre Ayton had 23 points and six rebounds for Phoenix. Chris Paul added 12 points and eight assists.

For Williams, the loss, while not ideal, will give his team a chance to focus on the day to day grind instead of constant talk of the streak. Williams knows, however, that after this week, the talk will now shift to which team is the best in the Western Conference: Golden State or Phoenix? The next chapter of what should be an outstanding series this season will be on Christmas Day as Golden State will travel to Phoenix. Williams, for one, isn't ready to declare either team superior:

"Not quite sure who it is but it's good to be in that category," Williams said.

The Suns played this game without their leading scorer Devin Booker but they will not make any excuses. Star guard Chris Paul is ready to run it back.

"The winning streak was a lot of fun," Paul said. "Been a long time since we felt a loss but hell, let's start a new one."

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