Well at least it wasn’t as bad as the last time right? The Phoenix Suns(23-46) fell to the Washington Wizards(24-43) as Washington picked up only it’s sixth road win of the season and won in Phoenix for the first time in over six years.
This was an ugly game for both parties after the first quarter; more so for Suns fans. The Suns were held to an atrocious 33.7% shooting from the floor last night and scored just 53 points in the final three quarters.
The Wizards were led by their speedy point guard, the former number one overall pick John Wall who scored a game-high 19 points and dished out eight assists.
Washington received solid contribution from their bench players, in particular Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Ariza. Seraphin scored 16 points off the bench for Washington on 8 of 11 shooting from the floor. Ariza scored 14 points and pulled down six rebounds in the Wizards win. Ariza and Seraphin combined for 21 points in the second quarter, a quarter in which the Wizards outscored the Suns 34-19 as the Wizards began the quarter on a 17-2 run.
Despite the Suns struggles, Goran Dragic has been playing at a very high level as of late, and last night was no different. Dragic recorded 18 points, 11 assists and three steals in the Suns loss; this is Dragic’s third straight game with a double-double. Dragic made 9 of 10 shots at the foul-line on Wednesday night, an aspect of his game he’s had trouble with this season as he’s shooting just 73% from the foul-line on the season.
Wesley Johnson played a decent game as he contributed 18 points and four rebounds. However it took him 18 shot attempts to reach those 18 points…
“It’s a team sport. I’m not going to point fingers.” Said Dragic is regards to team effort.
Markieff Morris was pulled from the game after head coach Lindsey Hunter spotted Morris ball watching from outside in the first-half on a Washington put-back and as a result Luis Scola got the starting nod in the second-half; Markieff logged just 11 minutes last night.
With the loss to Washington, the Suns are now tied with the New Orleans Hornets for the worst record in the conference. Phoenix, New Orleans and Detroit are currently in a three-way tie for the fourth worst record in the NBA.
After failing to break the 80-point scoring mark tonight, the Suns have now scored less than 80 points for the seventh time this season. A team that was once recognized as one of the greatest offensive teams of all-time now seem like the Washington Generals.