After two straight deflating losses and their playoff hopes on life support, the Suns needed to bounce back in Portland. In a game if run, they managed to dominate 100-93.
The game was a back and forth during the first half. The Suns held a narrow lead for much of of the half until Portland commenced a 9-0 run, giving them a 54-51 lead at halftime. The Suns came out of the half suffering major defensive lapses, and Portland extended it’s run to 22-4. The Suns, famous for their determination, did not panic. They came out of the third quarter barely behind and rode a 30-13 final quarter to the win.
The Suns, outside of their 40 percent shooting mark , had a good statistical game. Both teams shot an identical 6-21 from deep. The Suns won the rebounding battle 59-48, including an astonishing 23 offensive boards. The Suns also put up 24 fastbreak points and only had 12 turnovers. If the Suns want this late push to reach it’s goal, they need more games with non-shooting stats like this one.
Gerald Green led the Suns with 32 points off the bench, including a one man alley oop. He found space, bounced the ball off the glass, and threw it down. Eric Bledsoe was
right behind with 30 points and seven boards. Markieff Morris finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Miles Plumlee owned the glass with 16 rebounds. Major contributors like Channing Frye and Goran Dragic struggled, but it didn’t cost the Suns.
The Suns playoff hopes remain alive as they sit at 45-31. They’ll need more luck on Sunday when Kevin Durant and the Thunder head to Phoenix
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