George Hill scores 29 points as the San Antonio Spurs win 114 – 97 over the Phoenix Suns

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George Hill scores 29 points as the San Antonio Spurs win 114 – 97 over the Phoenix Suns

The San Antonio Spurs’ bench put up 73 points to snap a six-game losing streak by routing the Phoenix Suns with a 114 – 97 victory at home in San Antonio on Sunday. George Hill produced another stellar performance for the Spurs, as he went 10 -16 from the floor to add 29 points in just 25 minutes of play.

"Before the game, our three leaders spoke up and tried to say that everyone needs to hold themselves accountable," said Hill, "It's not about one person on this team, it's about the whole team."

There were a couple of other significant performances off the Spurs bench too. Matt Bonner scored 16 points and snared 11 rebounds while Gary Neal put in 15 points for San Antonio.

Steve Nash missed his second consecutive game due to the flu, as the Spurs schooled the visiting Suns and subsequently kicked them out of playoff contention. The Spurs held an enormous 31 point advantage at one point in the game.

The Spurs were sizzling from the three-point line as they shot 51.7 percent from downtown. Richard Jefferson went perfect from long range, burying all four of his shots to tally 12 points. George Hill poured in 24 points in the first half alone to secure an easy win for the sliding Spurs.

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich commenting on his team’s shooting, said, "We shot a lot better, and that makes things easier for sure. Hopefully we can do what we did tonight and make good shots great shots. George (Hill) had another one of those games where he's aggressive coming off the bench. It really helps our group. "

Phoenix was up 14 -13 halfway through the first quarter before Hill came in and turned the game around. He added 16 points during a 5: 50 stretch, including the Spurs last 11 of the quarter to put his team up 35 -20.

San Antonio continued its offensive onslaught into the second quarter to outscore the Suns 35 -26. Matt Bonner added 10 points in the first five minutes of the period to extend the Spurs advantage. Bonner sinked in a 3-pointer with 7:01 to go in the half to give San Antonio a 54 -28 lead.

George Hill then hit a jumpshot from the left baseline to beat the halftime buzzer as San Antonio took a 70 -46 lead into the halftime intermission.

The Spurs shared the basketball well and posted 28 assists on the night, compared to Phoenix’s 17. San Antonio also held a huge edge in the rebounding battle with a 51 – 37 difference.

Channing Frye added 10 points in the third to spark a Phoenix comeback. The Suns went on a 17 – 3 run to cut the 31-point Spurs lead down to 86 -69 with 35.7 left to go.

In the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Spurs fired-off an 10 – 0 run to grab a 28 point lead and ice the game with 9:36 left to go in the game.

The Suns had seven of its players in double figures, but never stood a chance against the singeing Spurs.

Aaron Brooks and Channing Frye top-scored with 14 points each, and Jared Dudley added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Grant Hill tallied 11 points on the night; he was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.

 

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