One bright spot in another bad Phoenix Suns loss to Houston

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The Phoenix Suns lost for the fifth straight game by 14 points to the Houston Rockets in a game not that close, but there was one highlight for Phoenix.

Not much went right for the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday evening in a 111-97 loss to Houston. The Suns fell behind early and never really got back in the game. On a night when only four Suns players hit double figures in points, and not one scored 20, a loss was almost certainly going to be the outcome. However, there was one play that one player can hopefully build on to do more with the Suns.

Okogie makes the highlight reels with his block and dunk

One of the few Phoenix players to play well was Josh Okogie, who went 4-8 for 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two blocks, with one of those two blocks making some headlines.

The play started with the shot clock running down on Houston and Jalen Green, trying to create space at the top of the key. Green did a little push-off and tried to do a step-back three on Okogie, but Josh was not biting as he rose and palmed the ball as Green went to shoot.

Okogie was not done from there, as he dribbled down the court, and as Green passed by trying to swipe at the ball, Okogie went up and dunked right on Tari Eason, who was trying to block the attempt. Had Okogie been a Rockets player, he probably would have gotten the and-one, but as a Suns player, the whistle stayed quiet, and he had to live with the highlight play. 

Okogie was part of a Suns bench that helped the team fight back into the game. However, foul trouble hampered Okogie, who plays tough on both ends of the floor, but gets little respect from the refs. A highlight block and dunk are not as good as a win, but it is something Okogie can build on, if not the team.

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