The Phoenix Suns took advantage of some early hot shooting from Ronnie Price, Mirza Teletovic and Devin Booker to lead the majority of the game against the Atlanta Hawks, but the Hawks' second-ranked defense (101.5 DRtg) put the clamps on late in the third quarter and the rest went about as one would expect.
The trio of Price/Teletovic/Booker combined for 11 makes from deep on the night, but the Suns struggled to score from inside the arc throughout the game and by the time the Hawks finally put some offense together this was just another footnote in a season full of defeats.
In better news, Mirza Teletovic set an NBA record with his 165th make from deep off the bench this season, besting the previous mark set by Chuck Person. When you think of all the Dell Currys and Dana Barroses that have populated the league over the years, this is quite an impressive feat.
Nothing but love for the Bosnian sharpshooter -- one of the few success stories this Suns team has mustered this season.
Not to be outdone, Booker posted yet another 30-point outing, this time going for 34 on 12-25 from the field (4-9 from deep) to go with 5 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals. There are few adjectives left to describe how dramatically the rookie has shifted the learning curve, as he yet again carved up the defense in ways that few thought would ever be possible from the alleged spot-up shooter.
The Suns held ground in the tank standings and made a little history while they were at it -- and Booker nearly set another career high for good measure. All things considered, this was a pretty decent night.
Sleep well, Suns fans.