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Suns get palindromed 96-69 in embarrassing loss to Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks beat the living hell out of the Phoenix Suns tonight. At least Eric Bledsoe was smart enough to leave before the worst of it.

It might as well have been one on four tonight...
It might as well have been one on four tonight...
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After keeping it relatively close in the first half the Suns came unwound and completely embarrassed themselves with a stunning lack of offensive punch.

Phoenix managed just 69 points, only one more than the franchise record low for a game. It was the team's lowest point total since they were routed 97-69 on February 10, 2013 by the Oklahoma City Thunder.


With the Suns down 63-49 midway through the third quarter Eric Bledsoe picked up a pair of technical fouls and was spared the worst part of this savage beating. I wish I could have been ejected, too.

The Suns actually pulled back within 13 to close the third quarter before Atlanta started the fourth on a 21-5 run.

Phoenix shot a paltry 31.3% for the game, but was a nearly incomprehensibly putrid 9-40 (.225) from the field in the second half as they managed just 26 points.

Gerald Green led Phoenix with 15 points and was the only Sun that reached double figures. The Suns starters were outscored 67-38 by their counterparts on the Hawks led by Mike Muscala, starting in place of injured Paul Millsap, and DeMarre Carroll. The duo scored 16 points each on a combined 15-17 from the field.

The Suns, who trailed by as many as 31, might have lost by 50 if Atlanta hadn't gone 4-25 from three point range.

Phoenix has now scored 87 or fewer points in nine of their last 19 games and are 8-11 over that stretch.

Ironically enough, after Saturday night's victory over the Utah Jazz Archie Goodwin famously stated, "I feel like this year a lot of guys felt like their only role is to come in and score."

Where the hell are those guys?

There was pretty much nothing redeeming about this game in any way. If you can put some positive spin on it please do so in the comments.

I think I could probably do without these last four games...

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