Suns Suffer First Preseason Loss, Fall to Clippers 102-96

 

Oct 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (right) takes a shot under pressure from Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Suns winning streak in the preseason has ended with a 102-96 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. In a game that featured dominating leads to a tight finish, the Suns fought hard, but couldn’t come away with the comeback. The Suns still enjoyed a decent night and solid performances from a few players. Goran Dragic put up twenty points, including shooting 4-4 from three, and added two assists. Eric Bledsoe, who started along Dragic, contributed eight points and seven assists. Off the bench, Markieff Morris added 10 points, and Channing Frye has continued to impress after his return, putting up eleven points. Suns first round pick Alex Len did not play in the game, neither did guards Malcolm Lee or Dionte Christmas.

The Suns enjoyed a good night shooting, with 46% from the floor and 43.5% from behind the arc. These kind of offensive performances are what the Suns should be looking for. The Suns cut the Clippers lead to one with 39 seconds left, but a Lou Amundson dunk and a missed jumper by Kendall Marshall won it for LA. The Suns also had a hard time stopping Chris Paul, who put up 24 points and 9 dimes. Jared Dudley, in his first return to Phoenix since being traded, added 12 points.

There are certainly lessons that can be learned, and things that can be improved, but the Suns fought a good fight and have looked surprisingly good in four preseason games.

Topics: NBA, Phoenix Suns

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