The Suns returned to the win column on Friday night, beating the Bobcats in Charlotte 98-91. It certainly wasn’t the cleanest win. but the Suns maintained control fore most of the game, and started off their three-game road trip they way they wanted.
The Suns were without star Eric Bledsoe once again, so Gerald Green started for the seventh time in twelve games. Green has been on fire, but the flame went out against the ‘Cats. He put up 14 points, but on 5-15 shooting, including an ugly 0-8 from deep. Channing Frye led the team with 20 points, shooting 5-7 from thee-point range. It was Frye’s first 20 point performance since March of 2012. Goran Dragic added 14 points and eight assists, and Markieff Morris finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Miles Plumlee also contributed 11 boards. P.J. Tucker put on a good show, something he doesn’t always do on offense, finishing with 17 points on 6-6 shooting. In fact, the only time he aimed for the basket but didn’t add points was on a single free throw.
It wasn’t a pretty game for the Suns. As a team, they turned the ball over 21 times. This is their third 20+ turnover game in 12 games, but they are 2-1 in those contests. The Suns also shot a terrible 58% from the free-throw line. If the one’s want to use their athleticism to play physically and draw fouls. they’ve got to be able to hit those foul shots.
Still, any win is good, especially because it brings a four game losing streak to a close. The Suns east coast trip continues Sunday, when they got to take on the Orlando Magic.