PHOENIX – One of the best things about the Spurs’ 48-point romp over the Suns on Wednesday night was that they never let up.
In recording the third biggest win in franchise history in terms of margin of victory, the Spurs enjoyed a 38-point halftime lead and a 47-point advantage after three quarters en route to a 129-81 victory. But despite those insurmountable cushions, the Spurs never eased back – no matter who was on the court – much to the delight of coach Gregg Popovich.
“It’s not like we’re Golden State or something,” he said. “We’ve got a lot to learn. We’ve got to keep trying to play our best basketball for 48 minutes.”
Danny Green agreed.
“We were thinking just stay focused, don’t take your foot off the gas and let them back in,” he said. “Every team is dangerous in this league, and we didn’t want to give them any light, any confidence. We did what we were supposed to do.”
And that includes in garbage time, which in this case amounted to the entire fourth quarter. Playing every minute of the final frame, rookie guard Derrick White scored a season-high 10 points on 3 of 5, including 3 of 3 from 3-point range, as the Spurs outscored the Suns 32-31 in the period
“We focused on not giving in, not getting too comfortable, continuing to play defense,” said LaMarcus Aldridge, who led the Spurs with 23 points to go along with 13 rebounds for his 21st double-double of the season.