A win? It’s a win, folks!
The Suns improved to 5-and-11 following a 92-87 victory over the Magic to cap off their six-game road trip. It was a balanced offensive game in which every single starter for the Suns scored in double digits without any of them finishing with more than 20 points. Alex Len was again impressive in the starting role, finishing with 17 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks on 6-of-10 shooting. Bledsoe had 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and rookie Marquese Chriss finished with 10 points and three boards in 17 minutes.
Most importantly, the Suns enjoyed a huge differential in shooting efficiency over their opponents tonight. They had a balanced attack and shot 45.2 percent as a team and over 40 percent from long range. By contrast, the Magic only had a couple of players show up offensively.
Nikola Vucevic finished with 21 and 13, and Evan Fournier dropped 25 on 9-of-20 shooting for the Magic. But those were just about the only redeeming performances for Orlando, as they shot just 36.3 percent from the field. Jeff Green didn’t make a single shot. Ibaka was held to 2-of-9 shooting while Payton went 3-of-11.
This was a game where neither team ever seemed to have a huge advantage. It seemed like the Suns maintained a lead of just several points for the vast majority of the game, but they never let up and managed to hang on. That’s all that really matters as now they return home to take on the Timberwolves on Friday.
What say you, Suns fans? How relieving was this win to finish up the road tip? And how relieving was it not to surrender 115 points to another struggling team?