NBA: Chris Paul, Mikal Bridges help Suns outlast Spurs

FILE–Torrey Craig #0, Bismack Biyombo #18, Chris Paul #3, Mikal Bridges #25 and Dario Saric #20 of the Phoenix Suns stand on the field during the first half of an NBA game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Center Mark foot on January 22, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona.

FILE–Torrey Craig #0, Bismack Biyombo #18, Chris Paul #3, Mikal Bridges #25 and Dario Saric #20 of the Phoenix Suns. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Chris Paul picked up 31 points and 11 assists and Mikal Bridges added 25 points, eight of them in stoppage time, as the Phoenix Suns edged past the San Antonio Spurs 128-118 on Wednesday. Seven.

Phoenix leads 11 after three quarters after fending off a rally in San Antonio midway through. Spurs refused to give up, winning three points in the final three minutes of regulation time, the second by three points from Jeremy Sochan with 1:27 remaining.

Keldon Johnson’s three-point match with 47.8 seconds left ended the game at 110. Both teams then missed shots for extended periods of time to put everything into extra time.

DeAndre Ayton and Paul hit shots to give the Suns a four-point lead early in injury time. Johnson responded with a floating ball before Bridges made a reverse jump to extend the advantage to 118-112. After Johnson hit another basket, Bridges played three points to make it a three-man game, and Phoenix was able to hold out.

Ayton finished with 23 points, Cameron Johnson had 15 and Dario Saric had 13 bounces for the Suns, who won for the fifth time in six games.

Keldon Johnson took home 34 points for San Antonio and Sochan scored a career-high 30, with 14 of those coming in the third quarter. Keita Bates-Diop has 14 points, Doug McDermott has 10 and Jakob Poeltl has 13 rebounds for Spurs, who have lost five games in a row and lost 10 of their past 11 games.

The Suns played without injured bodyguards Devin Booker, Landry Shamet and Cameron Payne, while San Antonio were without Josh Richardson and Romeo Langford.

Phoenix led 11 in the first half before sealing a 33-26 advantage after 12 minutes of play.

Spurs took the lead in round 37-31 driven by McDermott with 9:42 to play in the second half before Phoenix went on the offensive, extending the lead to 12 points after Torrey Craig’s treble at 3:35. . Keldon Johnson’s jump with 27.5 seconds left in that period cut San Antonio’s deficit to 55-48 at halftime.

Ayton led the Suns by 14 points before halftime with Keldon Johnson matching that output to speed up San Antonio.

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