The Phoenix Suns bounced back from their horrible performance at Golden State as they beat the Philadelphia 76ers 115-101 to move to 18-11 on the season.
The Suns had control of the game almost exclusively from the tip. It was a pretty dominating performance as the Suns had three and nearly four players hit the 20-point threshold. Over a quarter of Phoenix’s points came off the fastbreak. They scored 31, compared to Philly’s 14.
Phoenix also capitalized on the 76ers 20 turnovers, scoring 27 points off those turnovers. Additionally, the Suns had 58 points in the paint.
Miles Plumlee had another career night as he continues to improve. Miles finished with 22 points on an efficient 10-14 from the floor. He also added 13 rebounds, an assist, a steal and three blocks. What made it even more spectacular was he left the game for a bit to get seven stitches after smacking his face against the hardwood after falling awkwardly over a teammate.
The Slash Brothers had very similar stat lines. Goran Dragic played a few more minutes and had 21 points on 7-14 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. The Dragon had 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Bledsoe scored 20 points on 7-13 from the floor, 5-6 from the charity stripe. Eric also tallied 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and added a couple blocks in the victory.
Marcus also added 18 points off the bench, draining three shots from deep, as did Gerald Green. P.J. Tucker (9 points, 8 rebounds) and Channing Frye (8 points, 11 boards) both almost had double-doubles. Frye also had 4 assists, a steal and a couple blocks.
The 76ers were led by Thaddeus Young’s 30 points in 29 minutes, including four threes. Young added 10 boards and 4 steals in the defeat.
However, the player who stole the show for Philly was the electric Michael Carter-Williams. He isn’t very efficient, as he scored 27 points in 35 minutes on 12-28 shooting. The eleventh overall pick last summer also tallied 6 boards, 6 assists and 4 steals.
Tony Wroten added 22 points off the bench for Philadelphia.
This was a good win over a bad team for Phoenix that got them back on a winning track. They will need to be in the right mindset for a crucial matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday in their last game before the New Year.