The Phoenix Suns got back in the win column Saturday with the 116-100 victory over the dreadful Bucks to move to 20-12 on the season. Phoenix held off Milwaukee to win the getaway game before the upcoming five-game road trip.
With Channing Frye and P.J. Tucker both scoring eight points in the first quarter, the Suns leapt out to an 11-point lead that was shrunk to two, going into the second. Then Gerald Green put his stamp on the game as Phoenix took a 60-49 lead into halftime. The Suns went on a huge run in the third, including 11 points from Dragic to hold a 22-point lead that became only nine, headed into the fourth. With some contributions from Ish Smith, the Suns finished with a comfortable sixteen-point victory.
Green was the high-man for the Suns scoring-wise, as he finished with 24 points on 9-14 shooting from the field and 4-7 from deep. “G-AIR-ald” Green also had five steals for some spectacular dunks, including a couple windmills and one where he practically floated up for the slam. He finished with an amazing +36 plus/minus.
Channing Frye finished with an unheard of +44 plus/minus as he pumped in six out of his nine three-pointers for 22 points. Frye also added seven rebounds and a couple blocks. Goran Dragic only had a couple points going into halftime, but with a barrage in the third, the Dragon finished with 15 points, six assists and a steal.
Markieff Morris had 14 points off the bench, while Miles Plumlee had a solid nine points and nine rebounds. Tucker had eight points and four steals in the victory. Ish Smith played well, finishing with eight points, eight assists, a steal and only one turnover in 19 minutes on the court.
On the Buck’s side of the ball, there wasn’t much to celebrate other than Brandon Knight’s 25 points. O.J. Mayo also had 20 points off the bench, mostly in garbage time. Caron Butler finished with 16 points, while Ersan Ilyasova had 12 in the loss.
The determining factor in the loss was turnovers. The Suns only turned the ball over 11 times and the Bucks only scored 7 points on those turnovers. On the other hand, Milwaukee committed TWENTY-SIX turnovers, which led to 38 Phoenix points.
The Suns took advantage of the league’s worst team, won the getaway game, and now have to travel up through the frigid north for five games, starting with the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday (you can find Suns vs. Bulls tickets here if you’re interested in attending the game.)