San Antonio Spurs 112, Phoenix Suns 110
Who would’ve thought four shots from one spot on the floor could mean so much? If the Richard Jefferson reclamation project needed a tidy little bow on it, RJ obliged on Wednesday night at the US Airways Center.
Jefferson hit four of five 3-pointers on his way to 28 points for the San Antonio Spurs in their 112-110 win over the Suns. Jefferson hit six of six free throws and grabbed four rebounds on the night too.
It was a far cry from Jefferson’s first game in Phoenix last season, when he scored just four points, shot 2-7 from the field and didn’t attempt a 3-pointer. It was a performance that in part lead to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich telling the media afterward, “We had too many pathetic games from too many people.”
No, this wasn’t that. But really, it was all about those four shots, especially the three that came in as many possessions.
The first one was in the offense, a good play off a excellent pass from James Anderson. Jefferson should know that the long 2-pointer is the most inefficient shot in basketball, so he made sure to step back behind the line as he was gathering the ball.
The second one was just for kicks. He was open, so why not take it?
The third one? Well, that was a big middle finger to last season.
But the game wasn’t over with those nine straight points. The Suns still held the lead late in the game. And when it was needed, and any demons from last season might have crept back during crunch time, Richard Jefferson made sure they were dead and buried. Same shot. Same corner.
[Update: Our guy Bassy at NBA Playbook broke down Jefferson's fourth 3-pointer, make sure to check that out.]
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