The Phoenix Suns kick off their new era in the right fashion, with a win. The Suns defeated the Portland Trail Blazers tonight by the final score of 82-69 in what was the Suns first summer league game under newly appointed head coach Jeff Hornacek.
The Suns came out after the first half on fire scoring 50 points in just 20 minutes of action. The Suns went on an 15-3 run to open the fourth quarter and that was enough to put the Blazers away for good.
For the most part, summer leagues aren’t about wins and losses but rather performance, and the Suns got just that out of starting back court duo Kendall Marshall and Archie Goodwin.
The level of confidence that Marshall exuded tonight was something that we haven’t seem from him since his Tar Heel days. Marshall may have only recorded five points and four assists but he dictated the flow of the game when he was on the court, and he seemed far more comfortable shooting the ball; not to mention his first three-point attempt hit nothing but net!
Archie Goodwin looked great out there as well scoring 13 points on four of eight shooting from the field. Goodwin was nearly unstoppable going towards the rim as the Blazers had no answers for him. Goodwin went to the line six times nailing four free throws.
One of the biggest surprise performances the Suns saw last night was that of Arinze Onuaku. The 25-year old center out of the D-league did a tremendous job on the boards pulling down 11 rebounds in just 17 minutes of action.