As the Suns move full steam ahead for an eighth and final spot in the NBA Playoffs, they continue to accumulate statistical numbers that are both noteworthy and remarkable – especially when compared to the last few seasons.
Stat guru Cole Mickelson knocks it out of the park once again. Click through to see the fifth edition of “Five Amazing Stats” in regards to the 2013-14 Phoenix Suns.
Slash Brothers Making Waves
Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe are averaging a combined 37.7 points this season, the highest per game output by a Suns’ guard tandem since current Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek (20.1) and Kevin Johnson (19.7) combined to average 39.8 points in the 1991-92 season.
Furthermore, the dynamic duo are two of only four guards in the NBA, along with Miami’s Dwyane Wade and San Antonio’s Tony Parker, to be averaging over 17.0 points and shooting over 47.0 percent from the field this season.
The Suns have won 16 of the last 20 games that Bledsoe has played in and are 22-10 with Dragic and Bledsoe in the starting lineup.
Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe have both scored 20+ points five times this season with the Suns going 5-0 in those games.
Down, Never Out
The Suns erased a season-high 22-point deficit to win at Minnesota on Mar. 23, giving the Suns their third road comeback of at least 20 points this season.
The Suns went on a 10-0 run early in the fourth to retake the lead for the first time since the opening minutes, and the Suns ended the game on a 9-2 run in the final :48.6 to finish the come-from-behind victory.
Another Historic Performance
The Suns shot 55.0 percent from the field, 62.5 percent from three-point range and 86.7 percent from the free throw line vs. Atlanta on March 2.
This marked the first time the Suns reached at least these percentages in each category in the same game since March 23, 1989, when the Suns shot .581 FG%, .750 3FG%, .885 FT% at Golden State in a 154-124 win.
Jeff Hornacek started for the Suns in that game and scored 20 points (8-13 FG, 2-2 3FG, 2-3 FT) in 26 minutes.
From Nov. 16-Dec. 23, the Suns made 7+ three-pointers in a franchise-record 19 consecutive games (previous streak was 16 straight from Nov. 3-Dec. 8, 2006).
Of the Suns’ 29 losses this season only six (t-2nd fewest in NBA) have come by 10+ points and they have won each of their six games following such a loss.