At least the efforts were better this time? Right?
The Phoenix Suns(23-51) fell short to the Indiana Pacers(47-27) by the final score of 112-104. It was anyone’s game as the Pacers led the Suns 102-101 with a little over 2 minutes left in regulation, but like it’s been all season long, the Suns weren’t able to close the deal.
“Like I have said before, there are no moral victories, but when you are traveling down the road we are traveling you have to get small victories out of tough times,” Phoenix interim coach Lindsey Hunter said. “I think tonight we got a lot of small victories. That is a championship-caliber team over there I would say and I think we fought them toe to toe right up until the end.”
Goran Dragic laced up his basketball sneakers for the first time since last Sunday and he went on to deliver a fine performance scoring 21 points and dishing out nine assists while making 8 of 13 shots from the field in 38 minutes of play. However, Dragic dealt with foul trouble on Saturday night as he fouled out with 1:09 left to play.
Markieff Morris played a highly efficient game offensively(For once!) scoring 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the floor. It was just the sixth time this season Morris has scored more than 15 points; his eight field-goals made was just one shy of his season high.
The Suns struggled at taking care of the basketball against the Pacers last night committing 17 turnovers as a team which turned into 17 points for the Pacers; Dragic was responsible for five turnovers.
As usual, Paul George was the man for Indiana. George recorded 25 points, four assists, four rebounds and four steals while making 7 of 14 attempts from the field. With Danny Granger being MIA for just about the entire season, George has stepped up in a big way posting career highs in nearly every category.
“We are a team that is filled with leaders,” he said. “Paul took over in moments, David came in and closed the game out, George made some spectacular plays and Lance is our bulldog.”
With the loss to the Pacers, the Suns have now dropped their sixth straight game and holds the worst record in the western conference. The Suns are now just a shade behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third worst overall record in the NBA, all of this becomes very vital as the season draws to an end while the draft draws near.