Newsroom Notes: Suns Rally to Sting Hornets
The Suns captured their second-straight victory Friday by outlasting the visiting Hornets 111-108 in overtime. Check out some notable tidbits uncovered in the locker room before and after the game.
Dragic on Point
Other than the Clippers’ Chris Paul and the Bucks’ Brandon Jennings, Suns point guard Goran Dragic is one of only three NBA players averaging better than 16.0 points, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals.
If his pace continues, the Slovenian playmaker would join only Kevin Johnson and Jason Kidd as just the third Sun in franchise history to reach those numbers for an entire season.
Thus far in 2012-13, Dragic is the only Suns player to score in double figures in every game. In addition, he has had the most steals through the first 12 games as anyone since Shawn Marion during the 2007-08 season.
In fact, Dragic has accumulated multiple steals in a career-high eight straight-games. He even nabbed three more against the Hornets on Friday.
The southpaw guard also entered Friday’s game as sixth in the NBA amongst starting point guards in fewest turnovers.
Beginning with and including their last game against the Blazers (and their matchup against the Hornets on Friday), the Suns' next six games feature just one team with a winning record. Those six opponents hold a combined mark of 23-45.
After tonight’s contest against the Hornets, the Suns tip off a six-game road trip that begins with the first four games coming against Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit and Toronto.
Of that group, only the Sixers have a record above .500. Phoenix's schedule becomes increasingly more difficult when the trip finishes against the Knicks and the Grizzlies, who currently boast the two best records in the NBA at 8-2.
However, until then, the Suns will look to make up ground and snag a few early-season road victories.
Lineup Change Breakdown
Here’s the early statistical analysis of whether or not moving Luis Scola and Jared Dudley to the bench in favor of Markieff Morris and Shannon Brown was the right play. Through the first 11 games, the starters averaged 63.5 points, 43-percent field goal shooting, 45-percent first-quarter shooting, 24.7 first-quarter points, 22.4 third-quarter points and 10 double-digit deficits.
In the first game with the new-look starters, the lineup produced 71 points, 60-percent field goal shooting, 63-percent first-quarter shooting, 29 first-quarter points, 32 third-quarter points and zero double-digit deficits.
Although the Suns fell behind by double-digits once again tonight, they shot 49 percent from the floor, 44 percent from downtown and have moved to 2-0 since the change.
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