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NAZ Suns’ Winning Streak Snapped By Austin Spurs’ Impressive Shooting

25 February 2017  
Elijah Millsap had a double-double, as part of the NAZ Suns valiant effort in Texas. Photo by Matt Hinshaw/NAZ Suns

Austin showed why it’s the best three-point shooting team in the league, finishing 12-of-21 (.571) from distance

CEDAR PARK, Texas – The last time the Northern Arizona Suns traveled down to the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Texas, they had just lost Derrick Jones Jr. and Johnny O’Bryant to two NBA teams. The same thing happened again this time around, and it was the same result for NAZ, as the Suns lost to the Austin Spurs 110-103.

The Spurs (17-19) entered the game ranked atop the three-point field goal percentage leaderboard at 38.8 percent. That number will rise after shooting an impressive 12-of-21 (.571) from distance Friday night.

The Suns (17-18) had their three-game winning streak snapped in what was largely a one-sided affair as Austin maintained a lead for the last three quarters. However, the Suns didn’t give up and had their chances at the end of the game, even getting within four points twice with under two minutes remaining. But, the Spurs were granted 24 shots from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter alone, and it wasn’t to be for the men donning purple.

Xavier Silas had a season-high 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including a season-best 6-of-9 from the three-point line.

Elijah Millsap tallied a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and tied his career-high of six steals that he had first accomplished four years ago on Feb. 20, 2013, when he was with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

The Suns jumped out to a seven-point lead early in the first quarter before Austin rallied back to lead by five, 20-15, after the opening frame. NAZ would not be able to tie the game again, despite scoring 23 points off of 18 Spurs’ turnovers and earning 17 more fast break points, 25-8.

San Antonio Spurs’ assignee Bryn Forbes led Austin with 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting, while Cory Jefferson earned his 14th double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He finished 9-of-10 from the free throw line.

Shaquille Harrison tallied his second 20-point game in the last four contests off the bench by scoring 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Michael Bryson just missed out on his season-high, as he finished with 10 points off the bench on 4-of-7 shooting, to go with five rebounds.

The Suns head back home for what will be their longest homestand they enjoy the rest of the season at three games. NAZ plays the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles D-Fenders on Sunday at 3 p.m. MT at the Prescott Valley Event Center. The Spurs will stay home and play the third game of their five-game home stretch on Sunday against the Iowa Energy at 2 p.m. MT.

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