PHOENIX (AP) – Rudy Gay scored 19 points, Drew Eubanks added 13 points and 13 rebounds in his first start of the season and the short-handedhad a surprisingly dominant 111-85 win over the on Saturday night.
Thewere playing without a handful of their main rotation players, including leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, but still controlled almost the entire game. The 6-foot-9 Eubanks has had an increased role over the past few weeks and finished with his second double-double in the past four games.
Thehad their 10-game home winning streak snapped and fell to 40-16 for the season. They’re about to enter a difficult part of their schedule with 12 of their final 16 games on the road.
Phoenix used a pair of 3-pointers late in the third by Jevon Carter and Torrey Craig to pull within 87-68 going into the fourth. Carter hit another 3 to pull thewithin 87-71 but they wouldn’t get any closer.
Carter led thewith 17 points off the bench. Devin Booker added 15 points but shot just 6 of 18 from the field. The shot just 40% as a team, including 22% from 3-point range.
Thehave been prolific from 3 the past few weeks – including making a franchise-record 25 3s in a win over the Rockets on Monday – but struggled from long range against the . Phoenix missed its first eight shots from behind the arc, finally breaking the streak when Cam Johnson knocked one down midway through the second.
By then, thewere already in a big hole. The led by as many as 23 in the second and took a 64-45 advantage into halftime.
Dejounte Murray led thewith 10 points before the break. Booker had 13 for the , who made just 1 of 10 3-pointers in the first half.
: San Antonio was resting a handful of players, including G Patty Mills, DeRozan and F Jakob Poeltl. F Trey Lyles was also out with a right ankle sprain. … Gorgui Dieng was ejected from the game with 25 seconds left, moments after being called for a double technical.
: F Abdel Nader missed his 14th straight game because of a sore right knee. G/F Cam Johnson played despite a nasal fracture.
Thegot contributions all over the roster. Devin Vassell scored 18 points, Keldon Johnson had 17, Murray added 14 and Derrick White had 12. The shot 51% from the field and 41% from 3-point range.
: Visit the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
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