Suns burn up Rockets
When looking at the shooting percentages for this game, you would think that this was another loss for the Suns. They shot 44-94(46.8%) from the field, 12-31(38.7%) from the three point line, and 24-29(82.8%) from the free throw line. The Rockets on the other hand shot better percentages from the field, going 42-74(56.8%) from the floor and 14-33(42.4%) from beyond the arc. 17-28(60.7%) from the free throw line by the Rockets was the real killer, and the main reason the Suns were able to pull out the win. The Suns also cleaned up on the boards against the Rockets, out-rebounding them 47-26. With only one more more turnover, the Suns were able to upset the Rockets 124-115.
P.J. Tucker brought the intensity in the second half, scoring 15 straight points for the Suns in the third quarter. He finished with a career high 24 points, grabbed 12 boards, dished out five assists, and grabbed a steal. Tucker did well shooting the ball, going 9-17 from the field, 2-5 from downtown, and hit four of his five free throws.
Mirza Teletovic continued to strike from the bench, scoring 26 points, 17 of which were in the first half. He hit 10 of his 20 shots, and went 4-9 from the three point line. Teletovic was the main focus of the Rockets’ defense in the second half, and that opened up his teammates. He continues to be one of the best sharpshooters in the league off the bench, and has made a legitimate case for sixth man of the year.
Tyson Chandler had a pretty good night as well, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He does most of his work on the offense with tip-ins and ducks, which helped him go 8-11 from the floor. Chandler helped the Suns shoot a high percentage from the free throw line, hitting five of his six attempts. He continues to fight in this lost season, and is showing that he can still compete at a high level.
Archie Goodwin had a good night playing backup point guard, scoring 16 points, dishing out five assists, and totaled two steals. Devin Booker was locked up for most of the game, but still managed to score 15 points, thanks mainly in part to hitting all six of his free throws.
After struggling against the Suns this season, James Harden found his jump shot and scored 30 points, going 10-14 from the floor, 5-6 from the three point line, and hitting five of his seven free throws. He was their main facilitator on offense, totalling seven assists, and got two steals of his own. Trevor Ariza played another good game against the Suns, scoring 22 points. He went 5-8 from behind the arc, and locked up Booker for most of the game.
The Suns will play their last road game of the season against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.