Curry Catches Fire in Suns' Summer Win

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by Matt Petersen

Without two of their better interior scorers in Alex Len (hand) and T.J. Warren (eye), the Suns resorted to the outside shot on their second night in Las Vegas.

It worked and then some as Phoenix hit 11-of-27 from downtown en route to a 93-82 win over No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks. Seth Curry led all scorers with 26 points. Dionte Christmas added 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a block and Miles Plumlee contributed six points and 12 rebounds.

Suns Standout

Archie Goodwin (17 points), carried the Suns offensively through the first three quarters, but Phoenix needed someone else to step up after seeing Milwaukee jump ahead by eight in the fourth quarter.

That's when Curry caught fire, scoring 15 of his 26 points in the final frame. Five of his seven made field goals came from behind the arc, including a crowd-igniting four-point play to help keep Phoenix comfortably ahead in the closing minutes.

Key Stretch

With Phoenix still trailing 79-73 and 4:38 remaining, the Suns' summer backcourt led the final push that eventually put them ahead for good. First-round pick Tyler Ennis found Alec Brown for his first three-point basket of the summer. Dionte Christmas scored on a feed from Elias Harris. Curry sank one of his three-pointers on another assist from Ennis. Then it was the Syracuse product's turn to score, this time on a veteran-like and-one layup over the helping defender.

Curry followed with his four-point play, capping off a 16-0 Suns run.

Worth Mentioning

Plumlee Rejects Jabari

Parker is one of the key attractions in Vegas this summer, but third-year Suns center Miles Plumlee showed little care for the fellow former Duke standout.

When Parker drove to the basket with every intention of dunking, Plumlee disuaded him emphatically. The rejection brought a loud reaction from the mostly full Cox Pavilion on UNLV campus and a especially boisterous ovation from his teammates on the bench.