So much for that bad team from January being permanently in the rear-view mirror. Tonight the Suns' starters barely showed up, and the Orlando Magic rolled to one of their easiest victories of the season, a 103-93 victory that was not nearly as close as the final score appeared.
The Suns allowed one-man-wrecking crew Dwight Howard to dominate the paint for 28 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks while AT THE SAME TIME leaving shooter Ryan Anderson open for 7 "made" 3-pointers, 2 driving layups and 2 stupid "and-3" fouls.
How do you give up both of those worst-case outcomes in the same game? Maybe it's from playing 6 games in only 8 days. In the last 2 games, both losses, the Suns starters scored only 18 points and 14 points respectively in the second halves. That's not just one guy with 18 and 14 second-half points in two games. That's the whole starting unit of the Suns' 5 best players doing this!
That's not gonna get it done.
On the bright side? Robin Lopez collected 14 points and 8 boards in only 22 minutes. Sebastian Telfair played well again, with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. And Shannon Brown had 10 points as well. They, along with the other benchies, pulled the game within 11 points late in the fourth, forcing the Magic to put their starters back in to seal the win.