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Suns give up late lead, fall to Pistons 127-122

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The Phoenix Suns had a strong third quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Detroit Pistons stormed back and forced overtime.  The Pistons pretty much owned the Suns in overtime and ended up winning.  The Pistons have now beat the Suns twice this season.

Reggie Jackson had a great game with 34 points, three rebounds, and 16 assists.  Phoenix did not have an answer for Jackson all game.  The Suns’ defense was weak all night.  All of the Detroit starters had double digit scoring.  Marcus Morris had 24 points, including two clutch free throw makes to seal the game at the end.  Andre Drummond had yet another double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Phoenix apparently has the inability to play with a lead.  At one point in the fourth quarter the Suns were up 104-89.  The Pistons then made a strong comeback and the Suns shooting went cold.  This is not the way that Phoenix wanted to start their long road trip.  The Pistons are showing their potential. Andre Drummond is a great player and when guys like Marcus Morris, Reggie Jackson, and Ersan Ilyasova are on that team can be pretty good.

Both Markieff Morris and Tyson Chandler were out with injuries tonight.  These guys could have made a difference in this game.

Which Suns Shone the Brightest?

1. Devin Booker – Booker had his best game of the season with 18 points on 3/3 shooting from beyond the arc.  He his starting to find his groove.  Once he starts getting some more consistent minutes he will be able to make more of an impact.

2. Jon Leuer – Leuer had 20 points, six rebounds, and five assists.  He was aggressive and he hustled.  This effort is what the Suns need.  He played great team basketball and did not try to get into isolation or two man situations too often.  I think the Suns could benefit from giving Leuer more minutes.

3. Eric Bledsoe – Bledsoe had been cold for the past couple games.  He started to turn it around tonight with 21 points, four rebounds, and nine assists.  It was good to see him get going again.  The key to Phoenix’s success is strong guard play.

The Suns continue their road trip against the Wizards.  It will start at 5:00 pm 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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