The Phoenix Suns(22-44) fell to the Atlanta Hawks(36-29) on Friday night by the final score of 107-94. Josh Smith led the way for Atlanta as he had a great all-around game putting up 17 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and three rebounds on 8 of 14 shooting from the field; Al Horford added 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the Hawks.
This game was an ugly one for the Suns, the final score did not justify how one sided this game was. The Suns finished the game with 24 turnovers, and 35 field goals made. The Suns allowed the Hawks to shoot 52% from three-point land as Atlanta made 12 of 22 attempts from downtown; four courtesy of Kyle Korver.
“Some of our shots were like turnovers because they were pretty bad.” Said Suns head coach Lindsey Hunter.
The Suns indeed took some awful shots on Friday night. The Suns as a unit shot enough bricks to build a skyscraper. The Suns shot just 15% from threes as they made only three three-pointers on 19 attempts.
“We just had too many turnovers and they were making shots off them.” Said Goran Dragic.
Transition defense was something else that was non-existent for Phoenix last night as they gave up 29 fastbreak points to the Hawks while on the flip-side the Suns managed to score just five fastbreak points themselves despite 20 turnovers committed by Atlanta.
Jermaine O’Neal replaced Luis Scola in the starting line-up tonight and had himself a solid outing as he scored 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the floor. Goran Dragic had a solid outing as well, Dragic put up 21 points and 8 assists on 7 of 12 shooting from the floor.
The Suns won’t have much time to hang their heads as they’ll head up the coast to Washington D.C to take on the Wizards tomorrow night at the Verizon Center.