That was the Suns approach tonight, as they utilized the three-point shot to grab a 123-108 win over the Dallas Mavericks. The Suns simply lit up the Mavericks on the offensive side. They scored their season high in total points, and the Mavericks passed their season total in points allowed. This was also the Suns widest margin of victory so far this season.
In typical 2013 Phoenix Suns fashion, every time Dallas made a run to close the gap, the Suns went on a run of their own to throw them back. Dallas’ only lead of the game was 2-0 . and the Suns went off.
That said, there were still a couple of flaws. The Suns allowed 62 points in the paint, while scoring only 36 of their own. That kind of discrepancy isn’t always a working recipe for winning, and the Suns need to step up their interior defense. This shows just how the three point shot has evolved into something teams can depend on to win games. That doesn’t always work though. A team can’t count on hitting fifteen threes and shooting 50% from behind the arc on most days. It certainly went the Suns way today, however.
Eric Bledsoe, who’s normally not known for his three point ability, led all scorers with 25 points, going 3-4 from behind the arc. He made a complete turnaround from a couple of cold nights in the past few games, looking once again like one of the stars of the future for Phoenix. Gerald Green dropped in 22, going 4-8 from deep. Channing Frye also made a major contribution, putting up 18 points and grabbing eight boards.
Though the Suns were in the second game of a back-to-back, and coming off a first game took a lot of heart and effort, they didn’t let the fatigue get the best of them, especially not P.J. Tucker. Tucker put up 16 points, seven boards, including four offensive boards, and four assists. Tucker, who had difficulty with his three point shooting last year, is currently 7th in 3p% in the entire NBA.
This impressive night moves the Suns to 16-10. They have won seven of their last eight and eleven of their last fifteen contests. The Suns get Sunday off before returing to action on Monday night to take on the rival LA Lakers