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Gray’s Big Day Wasn’t Enough for Suns in Final Home Game

By Jacob Withee | March 30, 2017

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Suns made it exciting for the 2,079 fans who came to the final home game of the season at the Prescott Valley Event Center, but a late comeback attempt died in the closing minutes. The Austin Spurs beat the Suns 114-101, sweeping the season-series 4-0.

The Suns (22-27) started the game hot, opening a 9-2 lead while shooting 10-of-19 (.526) in the first quarter. But just like earlier this season, the Spurs (25-24) had an answer, and somehow won the opening frame 29-26 despite shooting 10-of-24 (.417)

It was all Austin for the next two quarters, as the Spurs broke it open for a while to lead by 21 points. Northern Arizona didn’t just roll over, however, as they used an 14-2 spurt to close the third and open the fourth to only trail by three, 80-77.

Josh Gray was big on the run like he was big in the whole game. He led all scorers with 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting, five rebounds, five assists and tied his career-high earning five steals (Nov. 27 vs. Sioux Falls).

The hot shooting Spurs remained that way once again like they have all year. They entered the night ranked first in three-point field goal percentage, second in overall field goal percentage and fourth in free throw percentage. Tonight, they shot 13-of-26 (.500) from distance, 41-of-85 (.482) from the field and 19-of-22 from the charity stripe (.864).

The Suns finished 14-11 (.560) at home in their inaugural season.

The usual suspects at the top of the Suns’ leaderboards in Elijah Millsap and Xavier Silas were there once again, even though they both fouled out in the fourth quarter. Millsap tallied 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Silas scored 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and 5-of-5 from the free throw line, to go with three rebounds.

Shaquille Harrison was the only other Sun to reach double-digit scoring, as he chipped in 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

Charles Garcia led the way for Austin with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, six rebounds and four assists off the bench. Jeff Ledbetter also had a big game as a Spurs reserve, tallying 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from downtown, three rebounds and three assists. Orlando Johnson scored 20 points, Patricio Garino put up 18 points, while Ryan Arcidiacono secured 10 rebounds.

The Suns finish up the first season in team history on Saturday in Reno at 7 p.m. PT. The Spurs conclude their season against Sioux Falls at home on Saturday at 5 p.m. PT.

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