An error-filled game costs the Suns as the Washington Wizards beat up on the Suns 101-95 Friday night
Coming on the heals of an incredible win against the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night the Phoenix Suns (24-17) hosted the Washington Wizards (20-21) Friday night.
The Suns dominated the Indiana Pacers in a win that showed just how much the team has improved this season under the direction of their new coach Jeff Hornacek.
The Suns pressured the Pacers into making mistakes all night; mistakes that led to numerous fast break points. 28 points to the Pacers five cemented the win for the Suns.
Along with the domination on the fast break, the Suns also were able to outscore the Pacers with 44 points in the paint.
The win against the Pacers gives this Suns team the confidence it needs at the halfway point of a season that many people did not think the Suns would have.
The story of Friday night was about the Suns lack of ball discipline. The Suns committed 21 turnovers, seven in the third quarter alone. That was crucial for the Suns as the Wizards outscored them 31-19. That was the turning point for the Wizards.
Despite sloppy turnovers in the first half, the Suns were leading at halftime 57-51 but the third quarter proved to be too much to recover from.
Wizards’ guard and star player, John Wall kept his team in the game by scoring 12 points in the first half and ending with a total 18 points. He was 2-3 from the 3-point line and added 12 assists on the night.
The other story of the night was the return of center Marcin Gortat. Gortat was traded to the Wizards just before the start of the regular season and is averaging 12 points and almost nine rebounds per game this season.
Gortat had a solid outing Friday night with xx points and XX rebounds.
The Suns lost for only the seventh time this season because of turnovers and rebounds. The Wizards outrebounded the Suns 44-30.
The Suns are now 15-7 at home.
Goran Dragić continues to dominate on the offensive side of the ball. Attacking the basket at will; Dragić finished with 19 points and 11 assists.
The other big contributor for the Suns was Channing Frye. Frye ended with 16 points and 3 rebounds.