The second of two back to back games on the road can be a tough outing for any team. Fatigue plays a major factor. The Phoenix Suns, however, were not slowed down as they went to Philadelphia to face the Sixers and emerged with a 124-113 victory.
The Suns got off to a red hot start, scoring forty points and shooting 77% in the first quarter. They would eventually cool off, but still match their season high of 124 points on 54% shooting, and 45% from behind the arc. Goran Dragic didn’t miss a shot until nearly halftime, and Gerald Green lasted even longer until an attempt at a breakaway slam dunk went awry. The Sixers defense seemed unable to stop the Suns spacing or interior pressure. The Suns have 33 points off of 21 Philly turnovers, but committed 19 themselves. The number one team in fastbreak points put up an impressive 24 tonight.
The Suns held the Sixers back for most of the game. At no point was the game ever tied or led by Philadelphia. In the second quarter, they pulled to within five. A three by Green, then another by Frye, and a fastbreak by Barbosa put that to rest.
Gerald Green led the Suns in scoring with 30 points on an efficient 10-12 shooting, including 4-5 from deep. With Green at starting guard, this is the kind of show the Suns need of him more often. He was taking smart shots and not just throwing up threes. Goran Dragic was close behind, piling up the evidence that he does deserve a spot in the All-Star game. He finished with 24 points on 9-13 shooting, and seven dimes. P.J. Tucker put up 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Markieff Morris followed up his 27-15 night with 13 points and a nice four blocked. Miles Plumlee also had added another double-double with 14 points and 13 boards.
The Suns exceeded their season totals for steals (11) and blocked shots (12) as a team this season. The defense helped them out a lot. That said, with 54% shooting, it could be said that the win should’ve been by an even bigger margin. The Suns allowed the Sixers to grab 14 offensive boards and score 56 points in the paint. That’ll work against lower teams like the Sixers, but more elite teams will burn the Suns if they continue to make those mistakes.
The Suns improve to 26-18 and boost their hold on the 7th seed in the West. They also have now exceeded their win total from last season in a little more than half the amount of games. The SUns gt a day off before they travel to Wisconsin to take on the Bucks.