There wasn’t much the Phoenix Suns could do tonight on an empty tank. There were plenty of heavy legs and short fuses for the visitors, and the combination resulted in a 126-113 loss to the Toronto Raptors that sent the Suns back to Phoenix with a 2-4 record on the road trip.
But aside from the final result, the sight of Devin Booker being carried off the court by Tyson Chandler and Alex Len with 2:40 left to play was the greatest concern. Booker froze awkwardly in place while sliding defensively and grabbed his groin afterward. He was diagnosed with a strained left adductor shortly after the game ended but will likely be re-evaluated back in Phoenix.
Booker, who had 46 points the night before, missed all seven of his field goal attempts in a 1st half that saw him on the court for all but 2:26. He finished with a team-high 19 points on 4-of-15 shooting in 39 minutes. Eight players finished in double figures for Phoenix.
The Raptors, meanwhile, were able to get anything they wanted on offense. They made 15 of their 36 3-point attempts, 23 of their 26 free throw attempts, collected 30 assists, and shot 47.8 percent from the field overall. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan finished with 20 points apiece, Serge Ibaka added 19, and rookie OG Anunoby chipped in 16 on 4-of-5 3-point shooting.
The Suns just didn’t have the same energy tonight. They didn’t manage a single offensive rebound in this game, which is the first time that has happened for the Suns since 1983-84 according to basketball-reference.com. They also committed 17 turnovers and were outrebounded 42-35.
The Suns also couldn’t help but bark at the officials. Booker picked up a technical foul in the 2nd quarter to get things going. That was followed in the 3rd quarter by two consecutive technical fouls by T.J. Warren with 7:58 to play, leading to his ejection. Marquese Chriss followed with one of his own with 7:10 left in the same quarter.