Suns lose third in a row, fall to Pelicans 120-114

Suns 11-25

The Suns lost a tough game to the Pelicans in a hard fought battle between both teams.  Early on the Suns looked like they were poised to win big, but later on in the game the Pelicans fought back.

Yet again Anthony Davis put up big numbers.  He finished the game with 26 points and 17 rebounds.  This guy is almost unstoppable.  One important factor for the Suns was to make sure Davis was as uninvolved as possible.  This didn’t work out for Phoenix.  Eric Gordon also had a good game with 23 points.  Both Ish Smith and Ryan Anderson had 20 points.  Smith also added 11 assists.

The Suns got hot early, but couldn’t keep it up.  Brandon Knight had 20 points in the first quarter, but finished the game with 29.  Tyson Chandler was out tonight with flu-like symptoms.  He could have changed this game with his defense on Davis.  Alex Len got the start and he had two points along with eight rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.

Which Suns Shone the Brightest?

1. Jon Leuer – Leuer kept the Suns in the game at the end.  He finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and an assist.  When Leuer gets hot he can make a huge difference.  Tonight was one of those nights and he took full advantage of it.

2. T.J. Warren – Warren continues to make his case for getting into the starting lineup.  He plays aggressive, passionate basketball every second he is on the court.  He has the ability to make some awkward, twisting shots close to the rim and his mid range/outside game continues to develop well.  He finished the night with 18 points and a rebound.

3. Brandon Knight – Knight played especially well in the first half.  He gave the Suns a big early lead and looked really strong early on.  He finished the game with 29 points, four rebounds, and 10 assists.  I think if he could have played more consistently tonight the game would have looked different.  He had a good game nonetheless and I will expect him to continue playing at a high level.

The Suns will be back at it when they host the Golden State Warriors on Friday, November 27 at 7:30 MST.

Mitch Krmpotich

Gonzaga University class of 2016. I'm a longtime college basketball writer and a big NBA fan. I'm also a die hard Broncos, Avalanche, Zags, and Suns fan.

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