For the first time all season, the Suns were on the winning end of a 20-point blowout win where they led for all but 55 seconds of the game.
Sure, the Pacers were without Paul George, but the Suns were on a terrible defensive streak, winless on the road all season, and had lost to a depleted Nuggets team just two days prior.
Another strike against the Suns chances of winning was that foul trouble, injury, illness and bereavement impacted four of the Suns starters and resulted in only 38 points from the Suns regular starting lineup. Tyson Chandler (bereavement) was out again, T.J. Warren (sick) played only 9 minutes, Devin Booker (ankle) played 22 and Eric Bledsoe (fouls) just 13. Even Marquese Chriss (fouls) played just 16 minutes.
But Friday night was about the bench.
The Suns reserves scored an NBA-high 78 points on Friday night, the most points by reserves in a game all year and the most by Suns bench since the mid 90s.
- Big Sauce Alan Williams had career highs with 15 points and 15 rebounds
- Tyler Ulis had a career high 10 points and 4 steals, along with 2 assists
- Brandon Knight had 17 points to lead the team, plus 5 assists, in only 21 minutes of play
- Veterans Jared Dudley, P.J. Tucker and Leandro Barbosa carried the bench unit with a combined 36 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists
Watch the two-minute game highlights here.
Now watch all of Ulis’ 10 points, 4 steals and 2 assists right here!
Each of the Suns’ three rookies has now had a 10+ point game in the first 13 games of their careers.
Now for the highlights you all want to see.
BIG SAUCE Alan Williams scoring his career high 15 points to go along with 15 rebounds and two blocks. He’s just so, so active it’s contagious!