With T.J. Warren and Tyson Chandler out, the Suns starting lineup for the game was Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Devin Booker, Marquese Chriss and Alex Len.
It wasn’t enough.
The undermanned Suns fought not only the Wizards but their own turnovers in this game. Even going into the fourth quarter with an 80-75 lead and being up 101-99 with 1:07 left in the game the Suns faltered at the end and lost 106-101. Although the Suns shot better than the Wizards overall (42.9% vs 40.7%), from the three (40.7% vs 35.75) and at the free throw line (80.0% vs 64.7%), the Suns committed 21 turnovers as opposed to the Wizards' 11. The foul totals were fairly close (21 for the Suns and 19 for the Wizards) but the Suns committed more shooting fouls which gave the Wizards 34 attempts at the free throw line as opposed to the 15 attempts that they gave the Suns.
Devin Booker led the Suns with 30 points tonight and Eric Bledsoe had 29. Alex Len had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. No other Suns player scored in double figures.
Bradley Beal went off on the Suns tonight scoring 42 points. John Wall was held to 18 and Marcin Gortat scored 10 along with 13 rebounds.
The Suns had a real shot to win at the end of the game but they just couldn't hang on.
If not for the all the turnovers and fouls, perhaps they wouldn't have been in the position to have to try and hang on at the end of the game.