Tuesday, December 28, 2004
East Valley Tribune: "Tony Parker scored a season-high 29 points in just 30 minutes, and San Antonio shot 52 percent in a 115-94 victory that ended Phoenix's 11-game winning streak and amplified the ongoing chatter over just how good the Suns really are. 'They just kicked our butts,' said Suns point guard Steve Nash, who scored all 12 of his points in the first quarter. 'Maybe that's good for this team, to face a tough challenge like this. ... We can make this a turning point in our season. We can learn that we are not a finished product.' Phoenix's full-throttle offense - the league's most productive at nearly 110 points per game - was ground to a near-halt by the Spurs' defense - the NBA's stingiest, giving up an average of 85 points per game. The Suns, with an NBA-best 24-4 record, didn't break 20 points in the second and third quarters, and trailed at one point by 31. 'Everybody understood that defense is what was going to do it for us,' said the Spurs' Bruce Bowen. 'We know they can score points, but let's see what they can do against hands being in their face on contested shots.'"