Suns Lose to Nets in Lottery Battle, 116-106
After losing to the Clippers on Monday, the Suns took on the Nets in Phoenix. In a battle of the lottery balls, the Suns lost the battle, but won the war when it comes to lottery positioning. The final score was in favor of the Nets, 116-106.
So normally I do a quarter by quarter breakdown, but most of our individual highlights and low-lights can be condensed to half by half breakdowns. So here we go.
While the Suns were missing shots early, they were able to actually able to take a lead in the first after being down by a quick four points. P.J. Tucker found Devin Booker in the corner for a nice three points to put the Suns up 16-9, which then turned into a 21-15 lead with a little under four minutes left in the first quarter. After being up by six, the Suns lost the ability to stop the Nets from scoring, and the Nets were able to tie the game at 21. It took the Nets a total of 39 seconds to tie the game, and it was all downhill from there for the Suns in the first half. Booker went completely cold, and after hitting the corner three, he couldn’t get another three ball to connect. Tyson Chandler showed some nice offensive moves, and his nine first half points helped give the Suns some points at a time where they were hard to come by. After the tie game at 21 points, the Nets outscored the Suns 45-24, giving the Nets a 66-45 lead at halftime.
The Suns defense was able to stiffen up a bit in the beginning of the second half, and went on a 14-4 run to get the Suns within 11 points, with score of 70-59. But the Suns defense couldn’t keep up the intensity, and after two and a half minute the Suns once again found themselves down by 20. Alex Len showed some nice moves in the first half, and continued to show off those moves in the third quarter, and also showed a lot of hustle after getting to the floor the grab a loose ball. Unfortunately Len couldn’t stay out of foul trouble, so he couldn’t show off any more of those moves when it got into garbage time at the end of the third. The Suns refused to give up, and were able to get within 10 points with 2:08 left in the game, but couldn’t get any closer. The Suns lost the game 116-106, shooting 42-98(42.9%) from the field, with 9-27(33.3%) from the three point line, and 13-23(56.5%) from the free throw line.
There wasn’t a whole lot of good for the Suns tonight, but Mirza Teletovic was a bright spot tonight. He scored a season high 30 points tonight on 12-23 shooting. Teletovic also grabbed 11 rebounds, giving himself a nice stat line in the loss. We may not be winning, but it still is nice that we didn’t trade him.
The two old guys didn’t do too bad either. Ronnie Price scored 16 points and was able to add 4 steals. Price is a hard defender, and not much a scorer, but he scored when the team needed him to tonight. Chandler was able to score 12 points of his own, and added in 11 rebounds. He also added two steals and two blocks.