PHOENIX (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs were worn out at the end of a nine-game road trip, and they prefer a slower pace even in the best of times.
So their winter journey ended in Phoenix, against the NBA's top fast-break team with arguably the league's fastest player in Ish Smith.
The result was a 106-85 Suns victory.
Smith scored a career-high 15 points, matched his career best of seven rebounds and triggered a decisive second-quarter run.
"I'm like Ricky Bobby (from the Will Ferrell movie "Talladega Nights"), I want to go fast," Smith said. "The biggest thing with us is we want to play that pace. We want to constantly push the ball, push the ball. That's what makes us really good."
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 6-3 on the swing.
The Suns, 3-0 since the All-Star break, snapped San Antonio's three-game winning streak and climbed to a season-high 12 games above .500.
"You never know how you are going to get a team," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "They have been on the road for a long time, they were probably itching to get back home. They had an off night and we had a decent night. We will take it."
The Spurs' NBA-best road record dropped to 22-8.
"They made shots, we didn't, and we turned it over," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "It wasn't bad. Our ninth road game in a row, they played hard and we couldn't stick it in the hole. It happens. It was a great trip. Six and three on that trip under the circumstances of all the guys out and back and forth, I thought they were great."
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 points in a row in what eventually became a 26-3 second-quarter run.