Booker shines in Suns’ loss, 108-92

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The Phoenix Suns couldn’t hang with the Heat tonight in Miami, but there were definitely some bright spots.  The Heat swept the season series against the Suns tonight, winning both matchups this season.  This loss also gives the Suns a 17 game losing streak on the road this season, which ties the Suns’ franchise-worst stretch.  But, let’s get into the bright spots.

Devin Booker was HUGE tonight for the Suns, keeping the game respectable all the way throughout the game.  The rookie scored 34 points on 11/21 shooting from the field and cashed in on all nine of his free throw attempts.  Booker drew tough match-ups all night, having to go up against the likes of Joe Johnson and Dwayne Wade, but scored the ball consistently all night.  Booker showed it all tonight, hitting 3/7 from downtown, getting to the rim with a dunk and a couple layups, and his ability to get to the line.  His 34 points notched a career-best for the youngster, and it is definitely exciting to see what more he can do throughout his career in Phoenix.

Big man Alex Len was another bright spot for the Suns tonight, and seeing him and Booker lead the way for the team has to give you some optimism about the future.  Len worked hard all night, scoring 12 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.  Even though Len only shot 28% from the floor tonight, he still impressed with his defense and rebounding ability.  The Big A also had the play of the night, catching the ball in the post and absolutely posterizing Heat center Hassan Whiteside.

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Miami was led by their backcourt duo of Wade and Goran Dragic.  Wade has been very impressive this season, and kept it up tonight against the Suns.  He led the Heat in scoring with 27 points, grabbed four rebounds, and had seven assists.  Suns’ ex-boyfriend Dragic also impressed tonight, going for 25 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.   Tonight I was watching the game I envisioned Dragic penetrating to the hoop and dishing out to a wide open Booker in the corner, but then I snapped out of it and got really sad.

Tonight’s game is all that we Suns’ fans can ask for, a hard fought, tightly contested game.  Miami went out on a big run to start the second quarter, pushing their lead to 21 before the Suns started to fight back.  But rather than rolling over and letting the game get out of hand, the Suns went on a little 12-3 run to get themselves back within striking distance, and kept it that way until the buzzer.

The Suns have a quick trip north to Orlando tonight in preparation to face the Magic tomorrow evening.  Tip-off is set for 5:00 MST.

Charlie Erling

Long-standing Phoenix Suns fan, longer-standing burrito enthusiast.

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