Suns end season on a high note, beat Clippers’ bench
The Suns shot 45-99(45.5% from the field, 7-26(26.9%) from the three point line, and 17-22(77.3%) from the free throw line. The Clippers shot slightly better percentages, 44.8%, 29%, and 83.3%, but attempted 10 less free throws than the Suns. Once again the Suns outrebounded their opponent, totalling 58 rebounds to the Clipper’s 40. The Suns ended the season on a high note, with a win and a final score of 114-105.
Mirza Teletovic was the leading scorer for the game, scoring 22 points and grabbing nine rebounds. This was his fourth game in a row with over 20 points off the bench, and his sixth game in his last seven games with those numbers. As the Suns sixth man, he played the last of the game like any other game, looking to score.
Jon Leuer in the starting lineup notched his 10th double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He went 7-8 from the field in 20 and a half minutes, grabbed two steals, and one block. Leuer showed once again that when given the opportunity, he will produce.
Alan Williams was able to show off his game, and was able to get his first double-double of his career, in his 10th game played. He was able to score 14 points and grab 12 rebounds against the small Clippers reserves. Williams might have given the Suns reason to give him a look as a deep bench guy for next season.
CJ Wilcox and Wes Johnson lead the Clippers in scoring, each hitting 19 points. Wilcox did it on 8-13 shooting, while hitting three of his six three point attempts, and Johnson scored his mostly from behind the arc, hitting 5-8 from downtown. Cole Aldrich had an efficient game at the starting center position for L.A., grabbing 10 boards, and scoring 14 points on 5-5 shooting while hitting all four of his free throws.
The Suns finished the season winning three of their last four, and finish with a 23-59 record on the season. With Devin Booker turning 20 in October, and three first round picks, the Suns look to have the building blocks to make a jump in the near future.