The Phoenix Suns (4-7) fell to the Miami Heat (8-3) at home on Saturday night by the final score of 97-88. The Suns now fall to 3-3 at home but the good news is they don’t play until Wednesday night, and they will play their next 2 games at home before heading out on a 6 game road trip.
The Suns would think they would have a great chance at winning this game given that Dwyane Wade sat out with a foot injury and LeBron James woke up yesterday morning with flu-like symptoms.
LeBron didn’t have his typical game but he did end up with 21 points and 7 rebounds, however it was his partner in crime Chris Bosh that dominated Saturday’s match-up. Bosh dropped 24 points on 9 of 11 shooting and pulled down 9 rebounds.
The Suns began the game against Miami ice cold missing all first 9 of their shot attempts to begin the game and trailed early 9-0 but the Suns would storm back on a 23-11 run to close out the quarter but Shane Battier responded with a 3-pointer from nearly 30 feet out to tie the game with time winding down in the 1st at 23-23.
The Suns would begin the 2nd quarter aggressive both offensively and defensively. The Suns would take a 46-39 lead after a jumper by Shannon Brown. However it was Miami who closed the quarter strong behind LeBron and Bosh who scored 9 of Miami’s final 13 points in the 2nd quarter to tie the game at 52-52 heading into halftime; originally the Suns had the lead 53-52 but the officials took a point away after they ruled a Brown 3-pointer as a 2-pointer after they looked at the replay and saw his foot was on the line.
The Suns bench played a terrific game scoring 51 of the Suns 88 points. Markieff Morris led all Suns scorers with 16 points, Shannon Brown and Michael Beasley each added 14 points each; and Goran Dragic recorded 12 points and 8 assists.
The Heat as usual shot the ball out of their minds. Miami shot 54% overall from the field and 42% from downtown including 8 made 3s; 4 3-pointers were made by Shane Battier.
The Suns heading into the 2nd half began the 3rd quarter much like how they began the 1st quarter, the Suns shot 1 of 9 coming out of halftime and found themselves trailing 73-60 but behind Markieff Morris the Suns closed out the 3rd on an 11-2 run; 7 consecutive points scored by Morris during that stretch. The Suns trailed Miami 75-71 heading into the 4th.
The Suns would tie the game at 79-79 with 8:29 left to go in the ball game on a Markieff Morris put back. Unfortunately Miami went on a 9-0 capped off by a vicious reverse dunk by LeBron James and the led 88-79 with 5:29 to go.
Like it’s been all season, the Suns had one more run left in them. The Suns would then go on a 9-2 run of their own capped off by a steal and score by Dragic and the game was within the grasp of the Suns as they trailed only 88-90 with 2:11 left to go in the game.
The Suns, much like they did two nights ago against the Lakers, they ran out of gas. Miami would go on to score the next 7 points and they closed the on a 7-0 run. LeBron James scored on a spin move lay-up off of Marcin Gortat with 44 seconds left in the contest and that would ultimately be the dagger.
The Suns will have 4 days to workout whatever issues they may have before they have to face the Portland Trail Blazers at home on Wednesday. Alvin Gentry said after the game there will be a change in the starting line-up, keep up with SunNgun.com for news regarding that situation.