NBA: Suns defeat Celtics, draw closer to playoff spot

The Suns (37-28) got back to their winning ways, snapping their three-game losing streak on Friday night when they defeated the Celtics (22-44) 87-80.

The game was tied 80-80 with just 54 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter before Phoenix scored the last seven points of the game.

Eric Bledsoe returned to the starting line-up and produced right from the get-go. He scored 17 points in the game, collected 10 rebounds, and finished with a plus/minus of +19.

Goran Dragic played well as well, scoring 20 points on 8-15 shooting. Dragic was 3-5 on three-point shots, while the rest of the team was just 2-21 from beyond the arch.

Boston had a horrendous night from the field. They were 29-94 from the field for a season-low field goal percentage of 30.9%. Kris Humphries and Chris Johnson scored 11 points each and were the only two Celtics players to reach double-digit point totals. Humphries also had 13 rebounds as he outplayed his teammates significantly.

Ever since Bledsoe has returned to the rotation, Gerald Green has faltered. Green has now scored 8 points and 4 points in the past two games after his recent stretch of high-scoring games. In just 21 minutes in last night’s game, Green’s plus/minus was -15.

With the victory, Phoenix pulled within one game of eighth place Memphis in the Western Conference standings. Phoenix also sweeps the season series 2-0 against Boston after defeating them 100-94 on February 19.

The Suns will look to put together a string of victories, first starting with a trip above the border when they face the Toronto Raptors.

Phoenix and Toronto will tip off at 10:00 a.m. PT from the Air Canada Centre on Sunday morning.

You can reach Brendan Kennealy through email at Brendan.kennealy@asu.edu and/or via Twitter at @Brendankennealy

Brendan Kennealy

Brendan Kennealy

Brendan is a sophomore and is currently studying journalism and mass communication at Arizona State University. He is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up a fan of the Giants, 49ers, Sharks, Warriors, and the California Golden Bears. His favorite player growing up was ASU alum Barry Bonds. You can follow Brendan on Twitter at @TheBKing4

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