When the Phoenix Suns cut the Portland Trail Blazers’ lead to four in the 4th quarter, there were probably fans who thought the Suns might finally pull out a win. The Suns hadn’t forgotten that this was April Fools’ Day, though, and were quick to pull the rug out from under those hopes, dropping their 11th consecutive game 130-117.
As it turned out, the Suns were just following the script from their previous 10 losses. They fell into a big hole early, fought back to make it close, but couldn’t close the deal. Phoenix, who had trailed by as many as 25 points in the 2nd quarter and were down 97-87 after the 3rd quarter, cut Portland’s lead to 99-95 in the 4th. The Blazers answered that challenge with a 14-0 run to bury the Suns for good.
Damian Lillard (31 points) and C.J. McCollum (29 points) led the Jusuf Nurkic-less Blazers in scoring, but Evan Turner was a catalyst in the win, making an impact in Portland’s big push in the 2nd quarter and helping fend off Phoenix’s push in the 4th quarter. He finished with 18 points off the Portland bench.
Devin Booker wrapped up another 30-point outing by collecting 31 tonight, and T.J. Warren wasn’t far behind with 25. Marquese Chriss posted a double-double (19 points, 13 rebounds), and Alex Len came alive in the 3rd quarter after picking up his fourth cheap foul, posting 12 points and two blocks after getting himself in foul trouble.
The Suns now return home, riding the fifth-longest losing streak in franchise history.