Ish Smith scored a career-high 15 points, matched his NBA career best of seven rebounds and triggered a 17-point second-quarter run that propelled the Phoenix Suns past the weary San Antonio Spurs 106-85 on Friday night.
Markieff Morris scored 21 points and Channing Frye 17 for Phoenix. Gerald Green and Marcus Morris added 13 apiece.
Danny Green had 15 points and Tim Duncan 13 for the Spurs, who finished a nine-game road trip, the team’s annual sojourn while a rodeo is held back home. The Spurs went 7-2 on the swing.
The Suns, 3-0 since the All-Star break, broke San Antonio’s four-game winning streak and climbed to a season-high 12 games above .500.
The Suns outscored San Antonio 28-12 in the second quarter to lead 47-35 at the break, the Spurs’ lowest scoring half of the season.
With a lineup of mostly bench players, the Suns scored 19 unanswered points to go up 38-25 with 5 minutes, 59 seconds left in the half.
San Antonio got the first basket of the second quarter, then did not score again until Duncan’s three-point play with 5:11 to play in the period. Frye responded with a three-pointer, then Smith scored twice inside, the second on a nifty underhanded layup in traffic, and Phoenix had their biggest lead of the half, 45-28, with 3:06 to play.
Smith, getting added court time because Leandro Barbosa was out with a sprained left big toe, was five-for-five shooting in the second quarter for 10 points with five rebounds, two assists and a steal.
For the Spurs, Australian Patty Mills was two-of-14 from the field and Marco Belinelli one-for-eight. San Antonio was two-of-21 from three-point range.
The 21-point loss was the second-worst of the season for San Antonio. The Spurs lost by 23 at the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 16.
Zach Randolph had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Marc Gasol added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies held on for a 102-96 victory over the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers.
James Johnson added 15 for Memphis, and Mike Miller finished with 13, hitting five of eight from the field.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford had 23 points. Chris Paul added 18 points and 14 assists for the Clippers, who lost their second straight game.
D.J. Augustin had 22 points and eight assists as the Chicago Bulls routed the Denver Nuggets 117-89 for their fifth consecutive victory.
Rookie Tony Snell added a career-high 20 points as the Bulls put seven players in double figures. Taj Gibson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Joakim Noah finished with 14 points, 11 boards and five assists.
Randy Foye scored 23 points for Denver, who have lost six of seven.
In Toronto, Terrence Ross scored 20 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 18 as the Toronto Raptors broke the Cleveland Cavaliers’ six-game winning streak with a 98-91 victory.
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each had 14 points as the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors won for the fourth time in five games.
The Dallas Mavericks downed the Philadelphia 76ers 124-122, the Charlotte Bobcats edged the New Orleans Pelicans 90-87 and the Orlando Magic came from behind to beat the New York Knicks 129-121 in double overtime.