Suns big run in 3rd quarter not enough against Celtics
The Phoenix Suns, on the end of a back-to-back, played a tough game against the Boston Celtics, but couldn’t come away with the win. The final score was 102-99 and the game wasn’t decided until the final seconds. The Suns were down 17 after the first half, but went on an extremely entertaining 24-6 run in the 3rd quarter that got them right back into the game. In the final quarter of the game, the Suns kept it tight throughout, but couldn’t ever manage to gain the lead.
Ex-Sun Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Celtics with 28 points, while notching six rebounds and three assists. Thomas, despite his size, gets to the rim with the best of them, knifing through Suns’ defenders to get a lot of his points right at the rim. Kelly Olynyk was once again impressive against the Suns, coming in off the bench and scoring 16 points. Evan Turner did a nice job getting to the rim as well, taking advantage of mismatches throughout the game, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
The Suns were once again led by their rookie, Devin Booker. Booker scored a team high 21 points, while grabbing four rebounds and passing off four assists. He got into early foul trouble, but still managed to play 34 minutes and be the most productive Sun on the court. Brandon Knight scored 19 points but was cold from the floor tonight, only going 2-12 from behind the three point line. Mirza Teletovic had a nice game off the bench, despite the three-ball not being there tonight. He scored 17 points on 7-17 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.
At the end of a back-to-back, and without Tyson Chandler and Jon Leuer, the Suns were impressive tonight. The team gets the day off before heading to Minneapolis to face the Timberwolves Monday afternoon at 5:00 MST.