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The Phoenix Suns hold off the New York Knicks, 121-98

The Phoenix Suns hold off the New York Knicks, 121-98

Friday, January 17, 2020

 

The New York Knicks are recovering from a 128-102 loss they took in the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.  They will hope to avoid a second straight loss as they host the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Madison Square Garden.  The Suns, on the other hand, are dealing with struggles of their own as they try to avoid a second straight, as well.

Tonight’s matchup between these teams will mark the second and final time that they play each other this season.  The last time they saw each other was on January 3 when the Suns came away with a 120-112 victory.  During that game, Devin Booker scored 38 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and dished off 7 assists while Marcus Morris had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns have battled each other a grand total of 129 times in the past as the Knicks won 64 games while the Suns won 65 games.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Kelly Oubre (concussion; 18.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 46.0 FG%, 34.9 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (coach’s decision; 5.7 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 37.6 FG%, 27.0 3P%)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Tariq Owens (G-League)

New York Knicks:

-Reggie Bullock (neck; 9.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 39.7 FG%, 32.5 3P%)
-Dennis Smith (oblique; 5.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 32.5 FG%, 29.3 3P%)
-Wayne Ellington (coach’s decision; 4.0 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 32.3 FG%, 30.9 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (coach’s decision; 6.3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 45.1 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.4 APG, 27.3 FG%, 11.1 3P%)
-Kenny Wooten (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Suns shot forty-six percent from the field while the Knicks shot forty percent.  Deandre Ayton scored 14 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking 2 shots.  Ricky Rubio also had 14 points as he drilled two three-pointers in the process.  Devin Booker helped out with 12 points which knocking down a trey in the first quarter.  Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, Julius Randle chalked up 12 points which included a three-pointer.  Both Marcus Morris and Elfrid Payton scored six points each while Taj Gibson earned himself five points.  Mitchell Robinson played 13 minutes off the bench but only scored four points as the Arizona team went into halftime with a 58-52 lead.

The Phoenix Suns closed things out in the second half as they sparked up a huge 63-46 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field.  During that run, Booker recorded 17 more points while grabbing a board and dishing out three assists.  Ayton and Rubio combined for 23 points while Dario Saric contributed with seven points.  Johnson played 12 minutes off the bench but only had five points.

As for the Knicks, both Randle and Morris combined for 25 points.  Robinson recorded eight points off the bench but it was the Suns who came away with a 121 to 98 victory.  Devin Booker finished the game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Julius Randle had 26 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns travel to Massachusetts to take on Kemba Walker (21.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 5.0 APG, 43.6 FG%, 38.9 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (27-12) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that these two ball clubs will see each other this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 18 when the Celtics handed the Suns a 99-85 loss.  Jayson Tatum finished that game with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal while Devin Booker had 20 points, one rebound, and 4 assists.

The New York Knicks will host Tobias Harris (19.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 48.7 FG%, 35.9 3P%) and the Philadelphia 76ers (26-16) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  It will mark the third of four times that that meet up this season.  November 29 was the last time that they saw each other as the Knicks fell to the 76ers, 101-95.  During that game, Joel Embiid scored 27 points, grabbed 17 boards, dished out 2 assists, and blocked 3 shots while Julius Randle had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.

The Suns hold off the Magic, 98-94

The Suns hold off the Magic, 98-94

Saturday, January 11, 2020

 

The Orlando Magic are looking for their third straight victory as they take on the Phoenix Suns tonight in Arizona.  This will be the first game of their six-game road trip but it will tough, considering the 5-12 road record they are currently holding.  Coming off a huge 123-89 win against the Wizards on Wednesday, they will hope to use that as motivation.

The Suns, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a third consecutive loss.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 4 when the Magic came away with a 128-114 win.  During that game, Aaron Gordon scored 32 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed one steal while Frank Kaminsky had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Magic and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 60 times as the Magic won 25 games while the Suns won 35 games.

INACTIVES:

Orlando Magic:

-Al-Farouq Aminu (knee; 4.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 29.1 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-D.J. Augustin (knee; 10.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.8 APG, 39.5 FG%, 35.1 3P%)
-Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder; 5.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.6 FG%, 23.3 3P%)
-Aaron Gordon (calf; 13.1 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 41.0 FG%, 27.1 3P%)
-Jonathan Isaac (knee; 12.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.3 FG%, 33.0 3P%)
-B.J. Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Melvin Frazier (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 35.3 FG%, 57.1 3P%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Jevon Carter (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 36.6 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Suns would have control of the game in the first half as they shot forty-eight percent from the field while their defense kept the visiting team to forty-percent shooting.  Devin Booker scored 16 points while knocking down two three-pointers in the process.  Former Washington Wizards’ forward Kelly Oubre helped out with 13 points which included 3 three-pointers.

Aron Baynes chalked up six points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He recorded two rebounds and one assist while both Dario Saric and Ricky Rubio earned four points each.  Deandre Ayton played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points.

As for the Magic, Evan Fournier had 13 points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Markelle Fultz contributed with 12 points while grabbing two rebounds, dishing out three assists, and committing one steal.  Nikola Vucevic and Khem Birch combined for 11 points while Wes Iwundu was held scoreless.  Terrence Ross played 15 minutes off the bench as he had 12 points but it was the home team that went into halftime with a 58-48 lead.

The Florida team would attempt to make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 46-40 run.  During that run, Fournier and Vucevic combined for 27 points while Fultz had three points.  On the other end of the court, Kelly Oubre had nine more points as the Suns went able to come away with a 98-94 win.  Devin Booker finished the game with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and a season-high 3 steals while Evan Fournier had 28 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, and a season-high-tying 3 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Orlando Magic will head to California to take on Buddy Hield (20.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.4 FG%, 37.2 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (15-23) on Monday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will face each other this season.

The Phoenix Suns will host Devonte Graham (18.9 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 7.8 APG, 37.6 FG%, 38.8 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (15-25) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the second and final time that they play each other during this season.  December 2 was the last time that they saw each other as the Hornets fell to the Suns, 109-104.  Devin Booker finished that game with 23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and one block while Marvin Williams settled for 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks.

The Phoenix Suns fall to the Memphis Grizzlies, 121-114

The Phoenix Suns fall to the Memphis Grizzlies, 121-114

Monday, January 6, 2020

 

The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off a huge win against the Los Angeles Clippers last night, 140-114, a season-high in points for the Grizzlies.  They will look to use that victory as the motivation to take down the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Suns, on the other hand, have recently defeated the New York Knicks on Friday.  Tonight’s battle will mark the third of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 11 when the Suns fell to the Grizzlies, 115-108.  Dillon Brooks finished that game with 27 points, 3 rebounds, one assist and two steals while Frank Kaminsky had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Grizzlies and the Suns have played each other a grand total of 94 times in the past as the Suns won 59 games while the Grizzlies were kept to just 35 victories.

INACTIVES:

Memphis Grizzlies:

-Andre Iguodala (undisclosed)
-Bruno Caboclo (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 41.2 FG%, 16.0 3P%)
-Marko Guduric (coach’s decision; 4.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 37.0 FG%, 28.1 3P%)
-Yuta Watanabe (G-League; 1.8 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Josh Jackson (G-League)
-John Konchar (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Jevon Carter (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 36.6 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision, 4.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG,1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Grizzlies would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-five percent from the field while the Suns shot fifty-one percent.  Former Raptors’ center Jonas Valanciunas got hot for 20 points while missing only one of his nine shots attempted.  He also had 3 three-pointers while Dillon Brooks scored 13 points which included 3 three-pointers, as well.

Jaren Jackson chalked up seven points but shot only thirty-seven percent from the field.  He was able to knock down a three-pointer in the second quarter while rookie Ja Morant had five points.  Jae Crowder was held scoreless but managed to record three rebounds and one assist.  Tyus Jones played the most minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Devin Booker scored 18 points on seventy-seven percent shooting.  He also had one defensive rebound and three assists while Kelly Oubre and Ricky Rubio combined for 13 points.  Deandre Ayton contributed with eight points while Aron Baynes had four points.  Mikal Bridges played 14 minutes off the bench but only had four points as the Grizzlies went into halftime with a 62-57 advantage.

The visiting team would look to close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-two percent from the field, limiting the Suns to thirty-nine percent shooting.  Valanciunas added 10 more points to his scoring total while grabbing 5 boards and blocking two shots.  Morant helped out with eight points while Brandon Clarke scored four points in the 10 minutes he played off the bench.

As for the home team, Booker got hot for 22 points while Oubre had nine points.  Bridges played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the Memphis team that came away with a 121-114 victory.  Jonas Valanciunas finished the game with 30 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks while Devin Booker had 40 points, 2 rebounds, and six assists.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will host Andrew Wiggins (24.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.3 APG, 44.6 FG%, 32.6 3P%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-21) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third and final time that they play each other this season.  December 1 was the last time they saw each other as the Grizzlies beat the Timberwolves, 115-107.  During that game, Dillon Brooks scored 26 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, and dished off 3 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists.

The Phoenix Suns will host Buddy Hield (20.5 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 41.4 FG%, 36.8 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (13-23) on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the fourth and final time that these teams will fight each other this season.  The last time they met up was on December 28 when the Suns crept away with a 112-110 win.  Devin Booker finished that game with 32 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 steals while Buddy Hield had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

The Lakers spoil the Suns’ late comeback attempt, 117-107

Thursday, January 2, 2020

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to start the new year off right as they try to come up with a win against the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Staples Center.  The Lakers are one of the four teams in the league who have managed to stay under 10 losses this season.  With a victory tonight, they will be able to push their regular season record to 27-7.

The Suns, on the other hand, are hoping to achieve their third straight win as they play their fourth and final game on this four-game road trip.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of four times that these two teams will see one another this season.  The last time they played each other was on November 12 when the Lakers escaped with a 123-115 win.  Anthony Davis finished that game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Devin Booker had 21 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists, and one block.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Lakers and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 312 times in the past as the Suns won 131 games while Lakers came away with 181 victories.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Frank Kaminsky (knee; 11.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45.5 FG%, 34.8 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Los Angeles Lakers:

-DeMarcus Cousins (knee)
-Quinn Cook (coach’s decision; 4.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.3 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
-Jared Dudley (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 39.3 FG%, 52.6 3P%)
-Talen Horton-Tucker (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Devontae Cacok (G-League)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The Los Angeles Lakers would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-percent from the field, limiting the visiting team to just thirty-eight percent.  Anthony Davis got hot for 19 points, missing only one of his nine shots attempted.  He was able to hit a three-pointer in the process while Avery Bradley dropped 14 points.

LeBron James chalked up ten points while recording six rebounds, ten assists, two steals, and a block.  Former Spurs’ shooting guard Danny Green scored seven points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Kyle Kuzma played 13 minutes off the bench as he had eleven points.

On the other end of the court, Devin Booker scored 17 points on fifty-four percent shooting.  He also had four assists and one rebound while Kelly Oubre helped out with 11 points.  Oubre was able to drill two three-pointers in the second period while Dario Saric and Aron Baynes combined for six points.  Deandre Ayton played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points as the Lakers went into halftime with an incredibly huge 43-17 advantage.

The Suns would not give in as they went on a 66-43 run coming out of the break.  During that run, Kelly Oubre threw up 15 points while grabbing four rebounds, dishing off two assists, and committing three steals.  He also had a three-pointer while Booker had 15 points on his own, hitting a three-pointer, as well.  Ayton played the most minutes off the bench as he put up 14 points.

As for the Lakers, James got hot for 21 points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also recorded seven rebounds and two assists while Davis had seven points.  Kuzma scored eight points off the bench as the Lakers were able to hold off the Suns, 117-107.  LeBron James finished the game with 31 points, a season-high-tying 13 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, and one block while Devin Booker settled for 32 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Julius Randle (18.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.3 APG, 45.7 FG%, 29.1 3P%) and the New York Knicks (9-24) on Friday at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers will host Brandon Ingram (25.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 49.1 FG%, 40.9 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (11-23) on Friday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that they see each other this season.  November 27 was the last time they played each other as the Lakers came away with a 114-110 win.  During that game, Anthony Davis scored 41 points, 9 rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one block while Jrue Holiday had 29 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, and 3 steals.

The Phoenix Suns spoil the Sacramento Kings’ late comeback attempt, 112-110

The Phoenix Suns spoil the Sacramento Kings’ late comeback attempt, 112-110

Sunday, December 29, 2019

 

The Sacramento Kings are in danger of reaching their longest losing streak this season as they try to avoid a sixth straight loss.  They will hope to do that as they host the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Golden 1 Center.  The Suns, on the other hand, are dealing with struggles of their own as they are trying to end an eight-game losing streak.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings have battled each other a grand total of 251 times in the past as the Kings won 105 games while the Suns went on to achieve 146 victories.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Deandre Ayton (ankle; 18.0 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 54.5 FG%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 4.2 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (coach’s decision; 6.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 38.2 FG%, 31.1 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Sacramento Kings:

-Marvin Bagley (foot; 13.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 0.7 APG, 45.9 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-De’Aaron Fox (back; 17.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 6.4 APG, 46.5 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Trever Ariza (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, 37.4 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
-Dewayne Dedmon (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.9 FG%, 22.9 3P%)
-Harry Giles (coach’s decision; 3.4 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.0 FG%)
-Caleb Swanigan (coach’s decision; 0.6 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Kyle Guy (G-League)
-DaQuan Jeffries (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 100.0 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The Suns would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Kings shot forty-four percent.  Kelly Oubre chalked up 15 points while grabbing ten rebounds, dished off 2 assists, and committed 2 steals.  He also had a three-pointer while Devin Booker helped out with 14 points, a rebound, five assists, and one steal.

Former Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio had nine points which included a three-pointer in the second period.  Aron Baynes contributed with four points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Mikal Bridges played the most minutes off the bench but only scored nine points.

On the other end of the floor, Cory Joseph had ten points on fifty-five percent shooting.  Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield both had eight points each while Hield recorded two rebounds, two assists, and a block.  Richaun Holmes and Nemanja Bjelica combined for 12 points.  Bogdan Bogdanovic played 13 minutes off the bench but only had eight points while the Phoenix team went into halftime with a 59 to 49 advantage.

The Kings would attempt a comeback in the second half as they went on a 61-53 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field.  During that run, Hield scored 15 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  Barnes helped out with 13 points as he grabbed 5 rebounds and dished off one assist.  Bogdanovic played the most minutes off the bench as he dropped 14 points.

As for the visitors, Booker added 18 more points to his scoring total while Oubre had five points, six rebounds, and three assists.  Mikal Bridges scored two points off the bench but the Suns were still able to come away with a 112-110 victory.  Devin Booker finished the game with 32 points, 3 rebounds, a season-high-tying 10 assists, and a season-high-tying 2 steals while Buddy Hield settled for 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will travel to Oregon to take on Damian Lillard (26.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 7.5 APG, 44.3 FG%, 35.8 3P%) and the Portland Trail Blazers (14-18) on Monday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they played each other was on December 16 when the Trail Blazers pulled away with a 111-110 win.  C.J. McCollum finished that game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and a block while Kelly Oubre had 24 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, and one block.

The Sacramento Kings will head to Colorado to fight Nikola Jokic (17.6 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.8 APG, 48.5 FG%, 30.6 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (21-9) on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.  It will be the third of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.  November 30 was the last time they saw each other as the Nuggets fell to the Kings, 100-97.  During that game, Harrison Barnes scored 30 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off one assist, and committed 2 steals while Gary Harris settled for 25 points, 3 rebounds, one assist 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

The Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 111-110

The Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Phoenix Suns, 111-110

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

 

The Phoenix Suns will look to avoid a third straight loss tonight as they battle the Portland Trail Blazers at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.  The Suns are coming off a 121-119 overtime thriller against the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City in which they lost.  With a 6-9 record at home, the Suns will try to win tonight before heading on the road for a two-game road trip.

The Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to recover from a 114-99 loss they took in the hands of Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the second of a two-game road trip for the Blazers before they return to the Moda Center for a four-game homestand.  This will be the first time that these teams will see each other this season before playing against each other three more times.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Suns and the Blazers have battled each other a grand total of 257 times in the past as the Suns won 135 games while the Portland team was kept to 122 victories.

INACTIVES:

Portland Trail Blazers:

-Zach Collins (shoulder; 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 47.4 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-Rodney Hood (Achilles; 11.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%)
-Nassir Little (back; 4.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 40.8 FG%, 16.7 3P%)
-Jusuf Nurkic (leg)
-Jaylen Hoard (1.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Moses Brown (2.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 42.9 FG%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Devin Booker (forearm; 25.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.7 FG%, 40.6 3P%)
-Cheick Diallo (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.5 APG, 69.5 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Ty Jerome (coach’s decision; 2.8 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 25.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Tyler Johnson (illness; 6.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 37.9 FG%, 31.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque
-Deandre Ayton (suspension; 18.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 64.3 FG%)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The Phoenix Suns will have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field, keeping the visiting team to fifty percent.  Both Kelly Oubre and Dario Saric scored 13 points each as they both had a three-pointer, as well.  Oubre was able to record one assist and a block while Saric had three defensive rebounds, one assist, and a steal.

Former Hornets’ center Frank Kaminsky contributed with 12 points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter.  He also had one defensive rebound and four assists while Ricky Rubio and Mikal Bridges combined for just nine points.  Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench but only had five points.

On the other end of the court, C.J. McCollum got hot for 18 points while hitting a three-pointer in the process.  Both Carmelo Anthony and Damian Lillard had ten points in the 16 minutes they played.  Anthony was able to drill two three-pointers in the opening quarter to go along with four rebounds, one steal, and two blocks.

Hassan Whiteside was kept to just six points but managed to record four defensive rebounds and one block.  North Carolina-native Kent Bazemore had eight points that held two three-pointers.  He also had two defensive rebounds, two steals, and a block.  Anthony Tolliver played 10 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Suns went into halftime with a 67-59 advantage.

The Oregon ball club would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 52-43 run, completing forty-five percent of their shots attempted.  During that run, Lillard chalked up 17 points while hitting two three-pointers in the process.  Anthony helped out with 13 points as he had two treys of his own.

McCollum saw to it that he earned 12 points while grabbing five rebounds, giving out two assists, committing a steal and blocking a shot.  Whiteside and Bazemore combined for seven points while Whiteside had 10 rebounds.  Anfernee Simons played eight minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.

As for the Suns, Oubre continued to impress as he had 11 more points which held two three-pointers.  Rubio and Kaminsky both had five points each while Bridges and Saric had four each.  Cameron Johnson played the most minutes off the bench as he earned himself eight points.

With only 32 seconds left in the game, the Suns would have a 110-108 lead as a result of a four-point play by Kelly Oubre.  After two timeouts, Lillard would take the ball and make a driving layup in which he was fouled by Aron Baynes.  Lillard ended up making the free-throw to give the Blazers a one-point lead.

With 0.6 seconds remaining, Rubio would pull up and attempt a 25-foot three-pointer to take the win but ended up missing as the Portland Trail Blazers hold on to come away with a 111-110 victory.  C.J. McCollum finished the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and one block while Kelly Oubre had 24 points, 2 assists, 3 steals, and a block.

So…what’s next?

The Portland Trail Blazers will host D’Angelo Russell (21.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 6.2 APG, 42.5 FG%, 34.3 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (5-23) on Wednesday at 10:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will play each other this season.  The last time they met up was on November 4 when the Warriors escaped with a 127-118 victory.  Eric Paschall finished that game with 34 points, 13 rebounds, and one block while Damian Lillard had 39 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one block.

The Phoenix Suns will head to California to take on Kawhi Leonard (25.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 45.0 FG%, 35.7 3P%) and the Los Angeles Clippers (20-8) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.  This will be the second of four times that these two teams will see each other this season.  October 26 was the last time they played each other as the Clippers fell to the Suns, 130-122.  During that game, Devin Booker scored 30 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished off 8 assists while Montrezl Harrell had 28 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and a block.

The Mavericks escape with a 120-113 win over the Suns

The Mavericks escape with a 120-113 win over the Suns

The Dallas Mavericks have been playing very well this season as they are sitting at the fifth spot in the Western Conference with an 11-6 record.  They had a five-game win streak that recently came to an end on Tuesday as they fell to the Los Angeles Clippers, 114-99.  They will look to start up another winning streak as they battle the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Suns, on the other hand, will try to avoid a third straight loss.  The Arizona ball club just recently lost to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, 140 to 132.  Tonight’s matchup will mark the first of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns have seen each other a grand total of 170 in the past as the Mavericks won 79 games while the Suns ended up coming away with 91 victories.

INACTIVES:

Dallas Mavericks:

-J.J. Barea (coach’s decision; 11.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 70.0 3P%)
-Courtney Lee (coach’s decision; 4.8 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 58.8 FG%, 57.1 3P%)
-Boban Marjanovic (coach’s decision; 7.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Antonius Cleveland (G-League)
-Isaiah Roby (G-League)
-Josh Reaves (G-League)
-Ryan Broekhoff (3.0 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.8 APG, 50.0 FG%, 80.0 3P%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Ty Jerome (ankle)
-Jevon Carter (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 40.8 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Deandre Ayton (suspension; 18.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 64.3 FG%)

GAMETIME:

The beginning of the game would be competitive as the Suns shot forty-one percent from the field while the Mavericks shot forty-two percent.  Kelly Oubre scored 13 points while burying 3 three-pointers in the second period.  He also had five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block while Aron Baynes helped out with eight points on sixty-percent shooting.

Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward Dario Saric had seven points, five rebounds, and 2 blocks while Ricky Rubio chalked up six points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Devin Booker was held to just five points but was able to record a defensive rebound, five assists, and a steal.  Mikal Bridges played the most minutes off the bench as he had six points.

On the other end of the court, Luka Doncic got hot for 19 points while recording six rebounds and 7 assists.  Tim Hardaway Jr. contributed with nine points while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process.  Kristaps Porzingis was held scoreless in the 16 minutes that he played while both Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell combined for six points.  Delon Wright played 9 minutes off the bench but was kept to just two points while the Mavericks went into halftime with a slim 53-50 lead.

The competitiveness carried on into the second half as the Dallas team shot forty percent from the field while the Suns shot forty-six percent.  Doncic continued to impress as he scored 23 more points which included 3 treys.  Porzingis was finally able to get on the board but only scored two points.

As for the Phoenix Suns, Rubio and Booker combined for 28 points but it was the visiting team who came away with a 120-113 victory over the Arizona ball club.  Luka Doncic finished the game with a career-high-tying 42 points, along with 9 rebounds, 11 assists, and one steal.  Kelly Oubre had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block.

So…what’s next?

The Dallas Mavericks will travel to California to take on Anthony Davis (26.1 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.6 APG, 47.7 FG%, 33.3 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (16-2) on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these teams will play each other this season.  The last time that they saw each other was on November 1 when the Lakers defeated the Mavericks, 119-110.  LeBron James finished that game with 39 points, 12 rebounds, 16 assists, 4 steals, and one block while Luka Doncic had 31 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists, and one block.

The Phoenix Suns will visit North Carolina to fight Devonte’ Graham (18.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 7.5 APG, 40.7 FG%, 40.4 3P%) and the Charlotte Hornets (7-12) on Monday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be first of two meetings between these two teams this season.

The Kings hold on to capture a 120-116 victory over the Suns

The Kings hold on to capture a 120-116 victory over the Suns

The Phoenix Suns are doing better this season than what people anticipated as they currently hold a 7-5 record.  They will, however, look to avoid a second straight loss as they fight the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center tonight.  The Suns have only lost one of their three road games this season, which was to the Denver Nuggets on October 25.

The Kings, on the other hand, are hoping to achieve a second consecutive victory as they just recently snapped the Boston Celtics’ ten-game win streak on Sunday, 100-99.  The California team will try to use that as a momentum change as they have a 5-7 record.

Tonight’s game will mark the second of four games between these two ball clubs this season.  The last time they saw each other was on October 23 when the Suns came away with a huge 124-95 win.  During that game, Devin Booker scored 22 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, dished off 10 assists, and committed one steal while Buddy Hield had 28 points, five rebounds, and two assists.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Phoenix Suns and the Sacramento Kings have battled each other a grand total of 250 times as the Suns won 146 games while the Kings were kept to just 104 victories.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Ty Jerome (ankle)
-Deandre Ayton (suspension; 18.0 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 64.3 FG%)
-Aron Baynes (hip; 14.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 56.1 FG%, 44.2 3P%)
-Jevon Carter (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 38.1 FG%, 40.7 3P%)
-Jalen Lecque (G-League)
-Jared Harper (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Sacramento Kings:

-Trevor Ariza (groin; 4.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.8 APG, 35.7 FG%, 37.5 3P%)
-Marvin Bagley (thumb; 14.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%)
-De’Aaron Fox (ankle; 18.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 43.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Caleb Swanigan (ankle; 0.8 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Wenyen Gabriel (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 23.1 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Harry Giles (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 40.0 FG%)
-DaQuan Jeffries (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Kyle Guy (G-League)

GAMETIME:

The Sacramento Kings would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-two percent from the field, limiting the Phoenix Suns to thirty-one percent.  Bogdan Bogdanovic got hot for 18 points in the 18 minutes that he played off the bench.  He also had four three-pointers in the second quarter while recording 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.

Former 76ers’ center Richaun Holmes helped out with 12 points and 8 rebounds while Buddy Hield and Nemanja Bjelica both had seven points each.  They both were also able to knock down a three-pointer while Harrison Barnes scored four points.  Cory Joseph had kept scoreless in the 17 minutes that he played.

On the other end of the floor, Devin Booker chalked up 12 points while hitting a three-pointer in the first quarter.  Kelly Oubre gave eight points while collecting four rebounds and coming up with four steals.  Ricky Rubio only had one point while Frank Kaminsky dropped four points.  Tyler Johnson played the most minutes off the bench but only had two points as the home team went into halftime with a commanding 62-45 lead over the Suns.

The Arizona team would respond in the second half as they went on a 71-58 run, shooting fifty-four percent from the field.  Booker added to his scoring total during that run as he earned 18 more points, drilling two three-pointers in the process.  Both Mikal Bridges and Frank Kaminsky helped out with 13 points each while Oubre had 12 points.  Elie Okobo played 18 minutes off the bench but only had four points.

As for the Kings, Barnes chalked up 11 more points while Bjelica had 10 more.  Hield didn’t do very well as he only had five points but Holmes helped out with eight points.  Bogdanovic scored 13 points off the bench as the Kings held on to take a 120-116 win.  Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with a career-high 31 points, along with four rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals while Devin Booker had 30 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Jrue Holiday (17.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 7.1 APG, 39.4 FG%, 32.2 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (4-9) on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  This will mark the first of three meetings between these two ball clubs this season.

The Sacramento Kings will travel to New York to take on Spencer Dinwiddie (18.5 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 4.8 APG, 41.7 FG%, 30.1 3P%) and the Brooklyn Nets (5-8) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.  This will be the first of two times that they see each other this season.

The Suns would make a comeback to defeat the Pelicans in overtime, 133-126

The Suns would make a comeback to defeat the Pelicans in overtime, 133-126

Since both the New Orleans Pelicans and the Phoenix Suns have been eliminated from playoff contention, they have little to nothing left to play for.  This will be the 6th time in the last eight seasons that the Pelicans will miss the postseason, partly due to the distraction caused by rumors that Anthony Davis was going to team up with LeBron James in Los Angeles halfway through the season.

As for the Arizona ball club, this will mark the ninth straight season that the Suns will miss the playoffs.  The last time they made a postseason appearance was back in 2010 when Amar’e Stoudemire was leading the team in points per game.  They ended up losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, 2-4.  As they host the Pelicans tonight, they will hope to avoid a second straight loss.

The Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Pelicans have battled each other a grand total of 58 times in the past as both teams have a tied matchup record at 29 wins apiece.  This meeting will mark the fourth and final time that these two teams will play each other during this season.  The last time they saw each other was on March 16 when the Suns pulled away with a 138-136 win.  Devin Booker finished that game with 40 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists, and one block while Julius Randle had 21 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.

INACTIVES:

New Orleans Pelicans:

-Trevon Bluiett (thumb)
-Anthony Davis (back; 25.9 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 51.7 FG%, 33.1 3P%, 79.4 FT%)
-Jrue Holiday (abdominal; 21.2 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 7.7 APG, 47.2 FG%, 32.5 3P%, 76.8 FT%)
-Frank Jackson (concussion; 8.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.1 APG, 43.4 FG%, 31.4 3P%, 74.0 FT%)
-Darius Miller (thigh; 8.2 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 39.0 FG%, 36.5 3P%, 78.9 FT%)
-E’Twaun Moore (quad; 11.9 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 48.1 FG%, 43.2 3P%, 76.3 FT%)
-Stanley Johnson (ankle; 6.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 38.9 FG%, 28.8 3P%, 78.1 FT%)

Phoenix Suns:

-Deandre Ayton (ankle; 16.3 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 58.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 74.6 FT%)
-Devin Booker (ankle; 26.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 6.8 FT%, 46.7 FG%, 32.6 3P%, 86.6 FT%)
-Richaun Holmes (ankle; 8.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 60.8 FG%, 73.1 FT%)
-Tyler Johnson (knee; 10.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.9 APG, 41.3 FG%, 34.6 3P%, 74.8 FT%)
-Kelly Oubre (thumb; 15.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 44.5 FG%, 32.0 3P%, 77.5 FT%)
-T.J. Warren (ankle; 18.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 48.6 FG%, 42.8 3P%, 81.5 FT%)
-Jimmer Fredette (coach’s decision; 5.5 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 32.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-George King (0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)

GAMETIME:

The New Orleans Pelicans would have the slight upper hand in the first half as they shot sixty-seven percent from the field, holding the home team at fifty-four percent shooting.  Former Utah Jazz’ guard Ian Clark got hot for 18 points while hitting 3 three-pointers in the first period.  He also had two rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and one block while Julius Randle helped out with 12 points on fifty-five percent shooting.  Kenrich Williams saw to it that he got nine points on a perfect one-hundred percent shooting.  He also drilled a three-pointer to end the first quarter.  Solomon Hill played 12 minutes off the bench but only had three points.

As for the Phoenix Suns, Ray Spalding earned 12 points as he shot eighty-five percent from the field.  Troy Daniels also had 12 points off the bench, collecting them all from beyond the arc.  California-native Josh Jackson chalked up 10 points, which included two three-pointers.  Jamal Crawford played the most minutes off the Phoenix bench as he lit the floor up with 16 points, hitting two three-pointers in the second quarter.  He also had one rebound, 2 assists, and 2 steals but it was the Louisiana ball club that went into halftime with a 76-65 lead.

The Suns would come out of the locker room with more of a purpose as they went on a 52 to 41 run, completing forty-three percent of their shots, limiting the Pelicans to thirty-four percent.  During that run, Jackson added to his scoring total as he put up 17 more points, knocking down a three-pointer in the fourth quarter.  He also earned 7 rebounds and 2 assists while Crawford scored 10 more points off the bench.

On the other end of the court, Julius Randle earned 17 more points on fifty percent shooting.  Cheick Diallo played the most minutes off the bench as he had six points but it was the Arizona team that would complete the comeback, forcing overtime where they would eventually pull out a 133 to 126 victory behind Josh Jackson’s eight overtime points.  Josh Jackson finished the contest with a season-high 35 points, along with 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals while Julius Randle settled for 31 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 assists.

So…what’s next?

The New Orleans Pelicans will head over West to battle Buddy Hield (21.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 46.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (39-40) on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.  This meeting will mark the fourth and final matchup between these two teams this season.  The last time they battled each other was on March 28 when the Pelicans pulled away with a 121-118 win.  During that game, Julius Randle scored 34 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, and dished off 3 assists while Buddy Hield recorded 27 points, 2 rebounds, and one assist.

The Phoenix Suns will take on James Harden (36.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 7.5 APG, 44.1 FG%, 36.5 3P%) and the Houston Rockets (51-28) on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the third and final time that the Suns and Rockets will battle each other during this season.  March 15 was the last time they saw each other as the Suns fell to the Texas team, 102-108.  James Harden finished that contest with 41 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, 6 steals, and 3 blocks while Devin Booker settled for 29 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists.

The Trail Blazers top the Suns with a 108 to 86 victory

The Trail Blazers top the Suns with a 108 to 86 victory

The Phoenix Suns currently hold the worst record in the league at 4-20 and things haven’t gotten any easier as they are now without their up-and-coming Devin Booker.  They are on their way to tying their longest losing streak of the season at seven games if they don’t win tonight.  Believe it or not, they have not had a winning streak yet this season.

The Portland Trail Blazers, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a fourth straight loss, which would mark their longest losing streak this season.  The Trail Blazers and the Suns have battled each other a grand total of 254 times in the past as the Suns won 135 games while the Oregon team was kept to 119 victories.  Tonight will be the first of three times that two ball clubs will go against each other this season.  The Suns got swept last season against the Trail Blazers in the regular-season series, 0-4.

INACTIVES:

Phoenix Suns:

-Devin Booker (hamstring; 23.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 6.7 APG, 43.9 FG%, 31.3 3P%, 84.2 FT%)
-T.J. Warren (ankle; 17.7 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 51.1 FG%, 45.0 3P%, 84.6 FT%)
-Ryan Anderson (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.1 APG, 31.7 FG%, 20.6 3P%, 78.6 FT%)
-George King (G-League)

Portland Trail Blazers:

-C.J. McCollum (ankle; 21.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.4 APG, 46.4 FG%, 36.1 3P%, 82.9 FT%)
-Anfernee Simons (2.2 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 25.0 FT%)

GAMETIME:

The Portland Trail Blazers would set the tone early in this game as they outscored the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter, 34 to 9.  This would not be the first time the Suns were held to just nine points in the first quarter as the Sacramento Kings had the same effect on them during the December 4th matchup.  The Suns would lose that game by seventeen points.  In this game, though, Troy Daniels scored ten points off the bench as he had two three-pointers in the second quarter.  Josh Jackson helped out with eight points on fifty percent shooting.  Overall, the Suns would complete thirty-eight percent of their shots in the first half while the Portland Trail Blazers completed fifty-five percent.

Damian Lillard got hot with twenty-one points for the home team while knocking down three three-pointers in the first quarter.  He also had five rebounds, six assists, and one steal.  Jusuf Nurkic chipped in seven points on only thirty-eight percent shooting.  Seth Curry was kept completely scoreless while Al-Farouq Aminu had five points.  Jake Layman played the most minutes off the bench as he had seventeen points while the Trail Blazers went into halftime with a commanding 62 to 41 advantage.

The Suns would come out of the locker room with a sense of urgency as they scored forty-seven points in the second half, twenty-seven in the fourth quarter.  Rookie Elie Okobo dropped nine points while hitting a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter.  De’Anthony Melton scored seven points off the bench while both Josh Jackson and Richaun Holmes had six points each.

The Trail Blazers would make sure to keep fighting as Zach Collins scored ten points in the eighteen minutes he played off the bench.  Evan Turner had six points off the bench while Lillard was limited to four points but his play wasn’t really needed for the rest of the game as the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Phoenix Suns a 108-86 loss, tying their longest losing streak this season at seven games.  Damian Lillard finished the contest with twenty-five points, five rebounds, eight assists, one steal, and one block while Troy Daniels had a season-high fifteen points, along with three rebounds, and one assist.

So…what’s next?

The Phoenix Suns will host Josh Richardson (19.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.3 APG, 41.1 FG%, 39.9 3P%) and the Miami Heat (9-14) tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m.  This will mark the first of two meetings between these two teams this season.  Last season, the Miami Heat swept the Suns in their regular-season series, 2-0.

The Portland Trail Blazers will host Karl-Anthony Towns (21.3 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 49.1 FG%, 41.2 3P%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (13-12) on Saturday at 10:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that these two teams will battle each other during this season.  The last time the Trail Blazers and the Timberwolves saw each other was on November 16 when the Timberwolves defeated the Trail Blazers, 112-96.  Andrew Wiggins finished that game with twenty-three points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block while C.J. McCollum had eighteen points, one rebound, two assists, and one steal.