When was the last time your Phoenix Suns lost seven straight games? Well not since February of 2004 when they lost 8 straight games, that’s right it was a long time ago; that took place during the “Pre-Nash” Era.
It was a competitive game for the most part as there were 11 lead changes throughout the game but after the Suns led briefly early in the 4th quarter after a Michael Beasley free throw the Suns never saw the lead again.
As expected, the Suns were without P.J Tucker who suffered a sprained MCL in the loss to the Dallas Mavericks this past Thursday and has missed the last two games. Goran Dragic missed tonight’s game as well due to an illness.
The Suns came out of the gates strong scoring the first 6 points of the game and led Orlando 13-4 after a Markieff Morris jumper with 6:13 to go in the 1st quarter, but Orlando would close the quarter on 16-10 run in the final 6 minutes of the 1st period and trailed the Suns 20-23.
The Suns became out of the 2nd quarter on point going on a quick 6-2 run to begin the quarter and led 29-22 early in the second quarter but behind J.J Redick the Magic stormed back on a 21-7 run and took a 43-36 lead mid-way through the 2nd.
At this point Redick will probably demand a trade to a Pacific division team not named the Phoenix Suns because this guy undergoes a transformation in which he becomes Ray Allen when he plays the Suns; Redick dropped 17 of his 20 points on the Suns in the 1st half and the Orlando led Phoenix 53-48 heading into the second half. Redick put up 20 points and 9 assist in the Magic win.
The Suns began the 3rd quarter much like how they began the 1st quarter. The Suns went on a 11-4 run capped off by a Marcin Gortat basket at the 6:28 mark in the 3rd quarter and the Suns now led 59-57. The Suns would go on to lead by as much as 6 in the 3rd quarter after 2 back to back 3-pointers by Shannon Brown. Brown scored 10 of his 17 points in the 3rd quarter but the Suns still trailed Orlando 71-70 heading into the final quarter.
Once again the Suns fall short in the 4th quarter. On paper the Suns only got outscored 27-20 in the 4th quarter however Orlando led by 11 points with 4:37 left in regulation after two Arron Afflalo free throws.
The Suns inability to close out games has cost them on multiple occasions this season and they are now looking at a 7-15 record. The silver lining is that the Suns won’t play again until Wednesday and they will have the next three days to work out their many glaring issues.