With the clock ticking down and the playoff race heating up, the Suns needed a win to close out their road trip on Wednesday night when they faced the Wizards. In a game of runs, the Suns held on for a 99-93 victory.
The game began with the two sides alternating back and forth. The teams traded one point leads until the second quarter, when the Suns began to take control. They played solid defense and rained three pointers, springing to a 54-44 halftime lead. Then, after halftime, the onslaught continued, with the Suns backcourt systematically dismantling the Wizards defense. The lead peaked at 71-48.
However, the Wizards decided to take a page from the Suns book and give the Suns a taste of the spirited comeback medicine that they had administered in Minnesota on Sunday, among other places. The Wizards revival was almost single-handedly led by John Wall, who finished the game with 29 points. The gap was closed to three by midway through the fourth quarter after a 26-6 run by Washington. The Suns resolve won out, though. With a three point lead and a minute and a half on the clock, Dragic found Bledsoe for a three pointer and then Gerald Green, whose two clutch free throws sealed the deal.
It was the Slash Brothers show for the Suns tonight. Goran Dragic finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. His particular strength in this game was some flashy footwork on the drive. There was a bit of a scare when he fell and was shaken up with neck pain, but he got over that pretty quickly. Eric Bledsoe was close behind with 23 points, including shooting 3-4 from behind the arc, to go along with six boards, seven assists and three steals. Gerald Green helped off the bench with 18 points. and P.J. Tucker had nine rebounds.
The Suns fell in love with the long range shot in this game, going 14-28 on three-pointers while scoring on 34 points in the paint, compared to 52 from Washington. The Suns also shot 11-12 from the foul line, while the Wizards shot 13-21.
The Suns improve to 43-29, and have regained their very slim lead on the playoff push. Their next game is one of the few remaining home games, when the Suns take on Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks on Friday.