Whether it is basketball or football, and whether it is high school or the pros, beating a rival team is always a good feeling.
It’s even better when you dominate the rival team to the tune of 117-90, which is what the Suns did to the LA Lakers in Phoenix on Monday night. They dominated the Lakers in almost every category. The Suns biggest lead was 28 points, while the Lakers was only three. As usual, every time the Lakers tried to close the gap, the Suns stepped up to repulse the advance. In the final minutes of the first half the Suns were holding on to a 49-44 lead, but went on a 15-7 run to end the half leading 64-51. In the third quarter, when the Suns lead hung around 20, they never let up.
One might that the Lakers, who lack a legitimate point guard and were without star Kobe Bryant, would be torched by the aptly named “Slash Brothers” Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe. While they played well, putting up 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists between the two of them, it was Miles Plumlee inside, and Green and the Morris brothers outside, that sealed the Suns victory.
Miles Plumlee has 9 rebounds in the first quarter, and a double-double by the end of the first half . He finished with 17 points and a career high 20 boards. He became the first Sun with a 20 board performance since Amar’e Stoudemire put up 21 in 2009. The Suns were also a stunning plus 35 with Plumlee on the floor. He has already displayed his talent, but this is a whole new level of skill he’s showing. If he can continue to improve, he’ll be a potential All-Star as his career progresses.
On the outside, Gerald Green was sharpshooting like only Gerald Green has for the Suns this year. He shot 6-11 from deep, and fished with 22 points. Marcus Morris also made a major offensive contribution, putting up 19 points and shooting 5-6 from behind the arc. His brother Markieff put up nine points and seven boards.
The Suns haven’t always been the best at rebounding this year, but in this game, they dominated LA on the glass. They grabbed 62 rebounds to the Lakers 39.That 62 was the Suns most rebounds in a single game since they had 67 in 1998. The Suns also drained 14 three pointers, after hitting 15 in their previous game against Dallas.
It was simple offensive domination in Phoenix, and that led them to a huge win over the struggling, battered Lakers, The Suns new #BeatLA held true tonight.
The Suns move to 17-10. They have been playing very impressive ball recently, having emerged victorious in eight of their last nine outings. The Suns will have Christmas-time to rest before they travel to California to take on Stephen Curry and the Warriors on Friday.
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