After a saddening loss the Dallas Mavericks in Phoenix, the Suns looked to bounce back against the Denver Nuggets. They did so, handling the Nuggets by a score of 117-103.
It was a very good offensive performance from the Suns, who recently have been caught in a shooting slump, as coach Jeff Hornacek said himself. The Suns shot 50% from the floor and 42% from long range. The defense of the Nuggets flashed back to the days of George Karl, meaning it wasn’t very good. The Suns had 50 points in the paint.
The Suns needed a win to rebound from a disappointing loss. They sent the fans home happy, barring Denver from ever leading in the ball game. The win was also important for the Suns to hold the grip on the 8th seed in the Western Conference. Denver came into this game in 9th place, and the Suns pushed them down to 10th with this win.
Channing Frye led the way with a season-high 30 points, shooting 12-16 and 5-7 from behind the arc. He is the first Suns player to shoot 75 percent from the field (min. 15 attempts) while also making at least five 3-pointers since Vince Carter did so. He shot 13-for-17 including 5-for-7 on 3-pointers, on March 8, 2011. Frye’s marksmanship was on full display, and there’s no doubt that the Suns are fortunate that he made a full recovery from his heart condition. Markieff Morris, who averages 23 points vs. Denver, added 16 points and six rebounds. Leandro Barbosa returned to the floor, now under a second 10-day contract, and added 12 points. Rookie Alex Len showed some steps of improvement, adding nine points and six boards.
On Denver’s end, point guard Ty Lawson had 17 points and 14 assists. Anthony Randolph had a big 19 points off the bench.
The Suns improve to 23-17 and have swept Denver 3-0 this season. Coming up next, the Suns will host the kings of the East, the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.