NBA: Suns extend losing streak to three games
The Suns (33-24) kept things close on Wednesday night against the Jazz (21-36) as they trailed by 9 at the half, but were outscored by fourteen in the second half to eventually fall 109-86.
Gordon Hayward had a great night in which he was just an assist shy of a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. Hayward was even taken out with 6:15 remaining in the game, despite the hometown fans getting on the Utah coaching staff for pulling him out.
Hayward was one of 7 Jazz players to reach double digits in points scored on the night. Richard Jefferson tied Hayward for the team lead with 17 points. Alec Burks, Diante Garrett, and Derrick Favors all finished with 15 points apiece as well.
The Jazz starting line-up that they used tonight, (Trey Burke, Hayward, Jefferson, Marvin Williams, and Favors) improved to 18-9 on the season.
The Suns bench is averaging 36.5ppg (5th in the NBA) and they proved their worth tonight scoring 40 of the team’s 86 points. Archie Goodwin came off the bench to tie a career-high with 16 points on 6-10 shooting to go along with his 7 boards. Gerald Green led the team in scoring with 17 points.
Not having Goran Dragic in the lineup hurt, a lot. Ish Smith did have 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists in the absence of “The Dragon”, but his -24 plus/minus rating proved that although his personal statistics looked solid, his efforts didn’t help the team much at all.
The Suns are now just a half game above the Memphis Grizzlies for 8th place in the Western Conference standings. They will look to get back on track and snap their three game losing streak with four consecutive home games.
Phoenix will play the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. They tip off at 8:30 p.m. MT as the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
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