And that’s a wrap, folks! With a 104-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings, the Phoenix Suns 2013-2014 campaign has come to a close.
It was a closely contested game given the record differential between the opposing squads. The game was tied for much of it, and no team led by more than seven points. The rotations were unusual to give the bench players some more time. The one players who made good on it was Archie Goodwin. Goodwin had 29 points, a career high. His fourth quarter play kept the Suns above the Kings. A three point play gave the Suns a 92-87 lead midway through the fourth, The Kings quickly erased that deficit. Then Goodwin hit a three and a layup to regrow the lead to 99-94, and the Suns never trailed again.
Goodwin’s aforementioned 29 came on 11-13 shooting. Marcus Morris tied a season high for points with 22, 10 of which came in the final quarter. Brother Markieff added 16 points, and Gerald Green had 12, nine of which made up the Suns first 11 points of the game. Goran Dragic, who played the last couple of games with a sore ankle, sat out.
The Suns game was typical to what they’ve been this season. They put up 19 fastbreak points and held Sacramento to 21 percent shooting from long range. The Suns also were outrebounded 54-40.
The Suns end the season at 48-34. Quite a respectable record, especially considering the extremely low expectations the Suns had before the season began. Sadly, it wasn’t quite enough to make the playoffs. The Suns return to the hardwood, hopefully even better than they are now, in the fall.