Gay’s buzzer beater saves Spurs from the Suns
San Antonio Spurs’ Rudy Gay made a game-winning shot to defeat Phoenix Suns, 126-124 on Wednesday (Manila time).
The 21-foot jumper shot by Gay set the Suns’ losing streak into nine games now. After the victorious match, Gay was mobbed by his teammates in celebration.
“They were all small, so I was just trying to get a good shot off,” Gay said. “I knew they were probably going to jump the screen, so I let L.A. [LaMarcus Aldridge] get away and tried to get a shot off. It’s a win.”
Gay scored 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists while his teammate LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio. There’s still no action from Demar DeRozan due to an injury.
However, head coach Gregg Popovich’s reaction to the win wasn’t approving. For him, the Suns got “robbed” off their victory and his own team executed a “pathetic performance.”
“We were really fortunate to win the game, I thought that they outplayed us, outcoached us, out-physicaled us, out executed us. We had no respect for them or for the game. We didn’t play with each other.”
LaMarcus Aldridge acknowledged his coach’s frustration. “It wasn’t our best game, and we didn’t execute well down the stretch. But we’ve lost some games that we should’ve won. This is one that we kind of dodged a bullet, and got a win.”
The San Antonio Spurs will face the Brooklyn Nets next on Friday (Manila time). (Janiel Abby Toralba)