Nov 3, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Phoenix Suns shooting guard Gerald Green (14) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher (6) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Suns fall to Thunder, Despite Hard-fought Game

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Well, the Suns aren’t going 82-0.

The Phoenix Suns couldn’t overcome the combo of both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, so they fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-96.

Phoenix now have a 2-1 record with the loss, as they faced a more superior team than in their first two games.

The Suns led through most of the first three quarters, but by the end, star power won out.

Once again Bledsoe showed the amazing talent that was in the shadows. He finished with 26 points, 14 assists, seven rebounds and three steals. He continued driving into the teeth if the defense, finishing at the rim. Bledsoe also made a couple more impressive three-pointers and went 10-12 from the free throw line. His only issue was committing eight turnovers.

Channing Frye contributed 19 points, a steal and a couple blocks, while Gerald Green was huge off the bench scoring 21 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Goran Dragic was banged up coming into the game with a bruise on his face from a collision with Tucker in the previous game, but he scored 10 points before leaving with a twisted ankle.

Durant went crazy on the offensive end after being held to 13 points in their last game, as he scored 33 points, while adding 10 boards and a couple steals. Westbrook didn’t look very rusty in his first game back from injury, as he finished with 21 points, getting to the rim for easy layup, bursting past the defense for the score.

What really did the Suns in against OKC was the turnover battle. Phoenix committed 25 turnovers that the Thunder turned into 25 points. That’s almost a quarter of the total points the Thunder scored in the game. To be a good team, keeping the turnovers low is key. Case and point, OKC committed 15 turnovers for 16 Suns points, in a generally sloppy game for the Thunder.

Unfortunately, such a young team as the Suns will have more turnovers and clanked shots off the rim as their season continues.

Phoenix heads to New Orleans for a Tuesday matchup with the revamped Pelicans (used to be the Hornets).

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Tags: Basketball Eric Bledsoe Kevin Durant NBA OKC Oklahoma City Thunder Phoenix Suns Russell Westbrook Suns

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