The Phoenix Suns used double-doubles from TJ Warren and Miles Plumlee to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 97-88 on Tuesday night to improve to 2-1 in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Both teams traded leads throughout the first half and into the third quarter before the Suns were able to pull away, thanks in part to four Dionte Christmas three pointers. The Sixers were led by Jordan McRae’s 21 points and Adonis Thomas 15 points.
Once again, TJ Warren was the best player on the court. The Suns first round pick recorded a double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds. During a stretch in the second and third quarters, Warren scored 22 of the Suns 28 points that began by him scoring eight straight. Warren has now scored 54 points in 64 Summer League minutes on 23-39 shooting.
Miles Plumlee was a man among boys tonight, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He started off the game with an impressive three dribble spin move for a layup then stole the inbounds pass a couple possessions later for a dunk. He scored nine of his 15 points in the first quarter thanks to his activity on the offensive glass. He was able to get whatever ball he wanted, and with Nerlens Noel sitting out the Sixers had nobody that could put a body on Plumlee. It is nice to see Plumlee getting better game by game in Vegas, while showing improvements offensively.
Dionte Christmas broke out of his shooting slump in the second half of Tuesday night’s game. Christmas hit three straight three’s and finished 4-6 from behind the arch for 15 points. In the two prior games in Las Vegas, Christmas was 2-14 from behind the arch and looked lost at times on the court. Tonight he played confidently and made smart plays the entire game.
Who Needs Work?
It is tough to pick someone out from tonight as the Suns put together their best overall team performance of the summer. If there is one guy that struggled its power forward Elias Harris. The 6-foot-8 power forward out of Gonzaga went 1-8 with four points in 25 minutes. He had been playing well before tonight’s game, he played very good defense on Milwaukee Bucks second overall pick Jabari Parker on Sunday night. Harris just never got into a rhythm offensively and he struggled to find offense tonight.
1. Tyler Ennis played a well-rounded game in the win against the Sixers. The 18th overall pick scored four points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists. There were a few passes from the Syracuse point guard that had you shaking your head. It seems like he is getting more and more comfortable game by game and that is a positive sign to take out of the first round pick.
2. I really liked how Plumlee started the game tonight. With Noel not playing there was nobody that should’ve been able to handle Plumlee and he made sure to make that known on the court. His jump shot has seemed to improve from the regular season and he is starting to show confidence in taking them more often.
3. Goodwin struggled a bit with his shot tonight, going 5-14, but still managed to score 15 points. He still was able to get to the rim when he wanted to, but I really would like that outside shot to start falling for him before the Suns leave Vegas for confidence purposes heading into training camp.
4. Seth Curry shot the ball well going 4-7 and 2-3 from behind the arch. The main thing coaches want to see out of Curry is that he has the ability to run the team and make the right decisions, which he seems to be doing.