What. A. game.
In a showdown that featured highs and lows for both sides, the Suns pulled off a 114-103 win over the Denver Nuggets. It would be an understatement to call the game thrilling.
The Suns got off to a hot start, and went into halftime with a 64-47 lead. In the third quarter, Denver turned the tables, and outscored the Suns 40-20. But the Suns wouldn’t be denied the victory. They came back to score 30 points in the final quarter, putting the game away with a three from Eric Bledsoe, giving the Suns a nine point lead with one minute left on the clock. Bledsoe finished with 17 points, nine of which came in the final quarter, and nine dimes. Gerald Green, starting in place of the still injured Goran Dragic, put up 12 points, including a pair of beautiful alley-oop slams. Miles Plumlee also made a very valuable contribution, adding 18 points and 11 rebounds. Ish Smith, who served in relief of Bledsoe, put up eight points on 3-3 shooting, and four assists . On the other side, Ty Lawson out up 29 points, almost all of which came in the third quarter.
But the most valuable player was Markieff Morris, supported by his brother Marcus. The two of them seemed to activate some kind of Wonder Twin powers. Marcus contributed 11 points and eight boards, while Markieff had a career high 28 points and added 10 rebounds. Markieff Morris has been on fire for the past three games. This is the kind of consistency he needs to maintain to take his game to the next level and prove his doubters wrong.
There were two valuable takeaways from the Suns game. First is that despite his incredible talent, Eric Bledsoe needs Goran Dragic. One factor in the Suns third quarter collapse was that Bledsoe, who played almost the entire first half, was getting fatigued, but didn’t have another distributor or leader on the floor to help him. Having two guys who can initiate and run the offense should only improve the Suns further.
As a team, the Suns shot 48 percent from the and 45 percent from deep. They also played very good defense and were aggressive on the glass in the first half and in the fourth quarter, though they faltered in the third. Overall, it was a mostly encouraging night for Suns players and fans.
The Nuggets fall to 1-4 with this loss, while the Suns rise to 4-2, including a perfect 3-0 at home. The Suns return to action on Sunday for round two against the New Orleans Pelicans.