The Suns, after two wins on their eastern road trip, looked to make it 3 for 3 against the Brooklyn Nets. However, the Nets had other plans, defeating the Suns 108-95.
The Suns defense fell very short once again tonight. The Nets shot 68 percent in the first half, and ended up shooting 58.6 percent for the game. The Suns allowed 44 points in the paint in the first half, but 52 for the game. The Suns recent defensive struggles have made their playoff chances slimmer than they once were, and it is hard to understand why the defense has been so bad lately.
Though it wasn’t all the Suns fault. Even their best defensive efforts failed to slow down the potent Nets offense. All of the Nets starters scored it double figures, led by 28 points from guard Deron Williams.
On the Suns side, Markieff Morris led the way with 18 points. His string of contributions off the bench has been a ray of light in the Suns recent struggles. He is a contender for Sixth Man of the Year, leading all bench players in double-doubles with nine. The Suns second-best scorer also came from the bench. Gerald Green added 17 points, and has been adapting to his bench role well. Goran Dragic added 13 points, and Eric Bledsoe added 10 points, five boards, and five assists.
The Suns fall to 38-29 with this loss, widening their gap back into the playoff spor. The Suns will play next on Wednesday night, when they host Victor Oladipo and the Orlando Magic.