It won’t be remembered as another chapter in the Spurs-Suns rivalry, but San Antonio’s 93-90 win over Phoenix for the Summer League championship is more than notable for coach Becky Hammon leading the Spurs to victory.
In classic Spurs fashion, Kyle Anderson (15 points, seven rebounds, four assists in 32 minutes) was the only Spur to play even 27 minutes of the 40 minute game. With Anderson as the only starter in double figures, San Antonio used the depth of a fairly anonymous roster to win the title, getting 60 points off their bench (including 23 from Jonathan Simmons and 22 from Treveon Graham) to overcome Phoenix’s lineup that featured a bevy of their recent draft picks.
Devin Booker, Archie Goodwin, Alex Len and T.J. Warren all scored between nine and 17 points for Phoenix, but it was Mike James (no, not the one who just turned 40 and most recently played for the Bulls) who led the Suns even before adding a late flurry of points to catch up in the final minute of intentional fouling. He finished with 32 points, eight rebounds and four assists while also playing nearly the entire game.
After the buzzer sounded, Hammon’s players celebrated by dancing around her in a circle. Hammon credited her team, saying “they competed, they were tired and they just fought through a lot,” while also noting that they came together on short notice in time to win it all. Meanwhile, Simmons added to his magical summer, pairing the two-year contract he signed with the team with the MVP award.