The Suns came into a Wednesday night game versus the Boston Celtics just a day removed from their overtime win in Denver. While things looked grim for the Suns at certain points, they would not be denied a victory. It was close but the Suns managed a 100-94 victory.
The Suns started hot, leading 29-21 after one quarter of play. However, through the second and third quarter, they slowly started to unravel, which culminated in a 10 point deficit midway through the third. However, a 17-0 run by the Suns that spanned the end of the third and beginning of the fourth swung momentum back jn favor of the men in white and orange.
The Suns struggled with turnovers all game. They had nine in the first quarter, but cleaned it up enough to finish with eighteen. That’s enough to squeak by struggling teams, but if the Suns want to show that they truly belong among the elite teams of the Western Conference, they have to beat great teams, which becomes ever more difficult if they don’t take care of the ball. The Suns did manage to match Boston’s rebound total (46) and outscored them 44-34 in the paint.
The Suns streaks up and down flowed with the pace. When the Celtics slowed it down, they began to take command, but when the Suns sped it up, the game went in their favor. They finished with their patented 30 fastbreak points.
Markieff Morris led the Suns with 18 points off the bench. When he can provide a spark like that, the Suns are tough to beat. His brother Marcus added 11 points including a three pointer in the final seconds of the 3rd quarter that he sank from 32 feet out. Gerald Green followed up his career night with 17 points and five boards, including the one that essentially won the game for the Suns and a couple more of his amazing dunks.
P.J. Tucker also continued a recent hot streak. He added 10 points, 11 boards, six assists, and three steals. However, in the final minute of the game, he fouled three straight times and ended up with six, forcing him to sit.All in all, it wasn’t a pretty win, but good teams can find ways to get it done no matter what adversity they encounter or errors they make. Both teams competed for 48 straight minutes, but the Suns managed to get the W,
The Suns improve to 32-21 with this victory. They have won eight of their last eleven, and are slowly creeping up onto the fifth seed, currently sitting 3 1/2 games behind. The Suns get a short break tomorrow before they host the rival Spurs on Friday.