Finally, the Suns experienced an easy win.
They took a 38-13 lead after one quarter and never looked back, despite losing their focus for long periods of time. The Suns lead never dipped below 17 points.
Dragan Bender was excellent again (16 points, 4-6 on threes, 8 rebounds), as was Devin Booker (31 points, 5-10 on threes, 6 assists, 5 rebounds). Josh Jackson was his usual self - all energy, a bit out of control (4 turnovers) but overall a positive influence on the court (9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists)
But the player who stood head and shoulders above the rest was Alex Len. He was quite literally the biggest guy out there, and collected 7 blocks while scoring 20 points and grabbing 4 boards. Len has had himself a very nice preseason over all five games.
Phew. Preseason is over.
Suns win 114, 93
The Suns might actually get a win! They start the game scoring on their first seven possessions. The Brisbane Bullets are just not a great team.
It was a 15-2 Suns lead after 3.5 minutes.
Then it was 28-6.
The Suns were just bigger, faster and played within themselves because they weren’t facing a certain Western Conference playoff team for the first time this year.
Suns led 38-13 after one. Devin Booker and Marquese Chriss each had 8 points in the opening quarter, and the Suns shot 65% with 9 assists on 16 shots.
If we’re going to quibble about anything, it would be that despite facing zero resistance they still barely exceeded 50% on assist rate.
Dragan Bender looks quite good against smaller guys out here, and his three point shot is falling despite being a laser beam of sorts.
Alex Len made a few up-and-under moves at the rim that looked quite in control and athletic at the same time. Not something we could often say about him in prior years.
After a while, Brisbane figured out what the rest of the NBA has - and started jacking up threes. The Suns are second-worst this preseason, giving up 41% from behind the arc.
But don’t worry Suns fans, the lead was still astronomical: 68-36 with just under three minutes left in the first half.
At the end of the half, the Suns started getting loose with the ball and were a bit slower on defense. And stopped making their shots.
The Bullets finished the half on a 9-3 run.
Suns up 71-45 at half.
Add on the first three minutes of third quarter game action, that makes six minutes where the Suns have scored THREE points. It’s a 15-3 run for Brisbane.
This from the team that poured in 68 points in the first 21 minutes of game time.
The lead is down to 71-49.
The Suns just couldn’t do anything right after losing their edge, scoring just 11 points in the first 9.5 minutes of the quarter and letting Brisbane get back within 17 at one point.
Still, the Suns held the lead at 90-68 after three. Alex Len asserted the fact that he is the biggest guy on the court - by far - with 18 points and 4 blocks. Devin Booker has 21 points (5-10 on threes) and six assists. Dragan Bender has 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
Booker started the 4th quarter with six straight points, and the Suns began to pull away again from the tired Aussies.
Elijah Millsap replaced Booker when he had 31 points and 6 assists, and the Suns had a 103-77 lead.