With only a few home games left, the Phoenix Suns needed to take care of business against the Pistons. While it was a hard fought battle, the Suns emerged with a 98-92 victory.
When a team’s backcourt consists of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond, it will be hard to keep them off the glass. The Suns were outrebounded 53-39, and gave Detroit 14 offensive boards. That said, the Suns defense was on target, holding Detroit to 43 percent shooting and forcing 19 turnovers while the Suns only gave up 11. The free throw shooting was also a major factor. The Pistons shot an ugly 10-26 from the line, including 0-8 from Smith. There’s not much to that. It was lucky for the Suns that the execution was so poor. Though it isn’t a surprise, as Detroit shoots 67% from the line overall.
Eric Bledsoe took control for the Suns in the final quarter. He had 23 points, 15 of which came in the fourth, to go along with five rebounds and five assists. If the Suns hope to make a run to the postseason, this is the Eric Bledsoe they want to see. He has been decent since his return, but tonight he looked better than he has before. Goran Dragic also helped with 20 points, 15 of which were added in the first half. Markieff Morris also helped with 16 points and eight boards off the bench.
The Suns had a lot of lukc in this game, even though they played fairly well. Important contributors like Channing Frye or Marcus Morris can’t score 1 or 2 points for the Suns. It was good fortune that it didn’t matter tonight, but the Suns can ill afford to rely on luck so heavily.
The Suns improve to 40-29 with this win, and still are nipping at the heels of Dallas and Memphis for a playoff spot. They head out on a road trip Sunday to face Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves.