NBA: Suns lose to sizzling Nets
Phoenix (38-29) fell behind early on against Brooklyn (34-31) and was unable to catch up behind a big game from Deron Williams to extend their winning streak at Barclays Center to nine games.
The Suns had cut the Nets lead to single-digits in the middle of the 3rd quarter, but then Brooklyn went on a 14-0 run to push the lead to 90-67 with 1:20 left in the 3rd.
Williams scored 28 points (11-13 FG) with 3 steals as he completely dominated the game. Williams also had a plus/minus of +16.
The Suns bench outscored their starters 54-41 in the game. Goran Dragic led the starters with 13 points, while Markieff Morris scored 18 and Gerald Green had 17 off the bench. Green was the only Suns player to play over 30 minutes (31).
Mason Plumlee outplayed his older brother Miles tonight by dropping a double-double on him. Mason finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Miles had 3 points and 6 rebounds.
Phoenix shot 15-28 (53.6%) and Brooklyn shot 17-27 (63.0%) from the free throw line. Public service announcement to any kids out there learning how to shoot free throws: don’t watch tape from this game. Please. It’s for your own good.
Brooklyn improved to a 24-10 record since the calendar turned to 2014 which is the best record for any Eastern Conference team. With the loss the Suns have now fallen to 1.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Suns host the Orlando Magic in a seemingly “must-win game” on Wednesday night. They will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. MT.
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