Well how about that one? The Phoenix Suns(12-21) win their first game of the new year against the Philadelphia 76ers(15-18) by the final score of 95-89 and finally snapped their 6-game losing streak.
The Suns were led by veteran forward Luis Scola and the dragon Goran Dragic. Dragic and Scola combined for 41 points, 15 assists and 4 blocks; Scola scored 19 of his 21 points in the 2nd half. Marcin Gortat added 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns.
“It’s only one win but we needed one win. We do that regularly,” Scola said. “The difference this time is we let a team get to two but we closed out the game. If we had been able to close (more) our record would be much better.”
The 76ers got great effort from their rising star point guard Jrue Holiday who led Philadelphia with a triple double which consisted of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Thaddeus Young added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia.
“I think tonight we turned the ball over when we didn’t need to,” Holiday said. “I can say I did. And the loose balls we needed to get, we didn’t do that.”
The Philadelphia 76ers are relatively good at taking care of the basketball in fact they’re 2nd best in the NBA in turnovers per game behind only the New York Knicks. The 76ers committed 17 turnovers on Wednesday night which resulted in 14 points for the Suns.
The Phoenix Suns were on the verge of letting another game get away from them late in the game. The Suns led by as much as 11 points 4th quarter after a Dragic 16-foot jumper with 9:42 left in the contest gave the Suns a 79-68 advantage. The Sixers would respond by going on a 17-8 run in the next 7 minutes capped off by a beautiful alley-oop play from Holiday to Dorell Wright after with 2:18 left tighten the game as the Suns led only 87-85.
Goran Dragic would go on to make two free throws and P.J Tucker on the following possession would follow with a made jump shot with 1:17 left to give the Suns a 91-85 lead and from that point on it was just about all she wrote.
“I thought that once the third quarter started and they got a little bit of a lead, I thought they had control of the game,” said 76ers coach Doug Collins. “We looked up and we had a chance but we never came up with a big rebound.”
Tucker started in place of Shannon Brown for the second straight game and has played very impressive defense on the opposing team’s top offensive weapon. Tucker did a great job defensively on Kevin Durant on New Year’s Eve, and last night took 76er’s swingman Evan Turner completely out of the game, Evan would finish with 13 points on 6 of 16 shooting.
The Suns lost Sebastian Telfair in the 2nd quarter as he left the game with a sore knee. His status for Friday night’s game against the Jazz at home in Phoenix is questionable. Should Bassy become a no go expect Dragic to play a good 38-40 minutes and expect rookie Kendall Marshall to see some action as well.