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Suns have another fourth quarter breakdown, lose to Thunder 122-106

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The Phoenix Suns are still looking to get their first win under interim head coach Earl Watson.  They played the Oklahoma City Thunder closely for three quarters, but they fell apart in the fourth quarter yet again.

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant led the charge for the Thunder, as expected.  Westbrook finished with 29 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and two steals.  Durant had a game high 32 points along with six rebounds, thee assists, a steal, and two blocks.  He also hit a couple daggers from deep to seal the game in the waning minutes.

Three point shooting was the difference in the game.  The Thunder went 15-33 (45.5%) from beyond the arc, while the Suns shot a measly 1-11 (9.1%).  Mirza Teletovic was the only Sun to make a three.

Markieff Morris continues to raise his trade value as he finished with 23 points on 7-14 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block.  We’re 10 days out from the trade deadline, so hold on for more news on that front any day now.

Devin Booker had a tough game as he fouled out with only six points on 1-8 shooting.  The all-star break should be especially helpful for him.

Which Suns Shone the Brightest?

1. Mirza Teletovic – Teletovic hit the Suns’ only three, but I was more impressed with his work inside the arc.  He finished with 17 points in 20 minutes on 6-12 shooting.  He also added an assist.  He was able to finish in a variety of ways and it is apparent that his hard work is beginning to pay off.

2. Archie Goodwin – Goodwin was aggressive tonight.  He finished with 20 points, four rebounds, and seven assists.  He had two turnovers, but he has been able to cut down on them lately.  Goodwin was able to get some nice dunks to bring some energy into the arena.  That is a great contribution, especially this season.

3. Tyson Chandler – Chandler is not a high scoring player.  He had 11 points tonight, which is a great contribution.  He seemed to have a better connection with the guards tonight as they were able to complete more alley-oops than usual.  Chandler also had seven rebounds and a block.

The Suns have one game left until the all-star break.  They will host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 pm local time.6_durant_suns_bg_160208

 

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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