Suns Fall to Surging Nets
The Suns were a perfect 2-0 on their three-game road trip against the Atlantic Division beating the Celtics on Friday and Raptors on Sunday.
However, playing their third game on the road in four nights caught up to them as the Suns ran out of gas in a 108-95 loss to the Nets in Brooklyn Monday night.
Suns fans likely remember the first meeting between these two teams early in the season on Nov. 15 when Joe Johnson won the game for the Nets on a last-second buzzer-beater.
Tonight, however, ended in far less dramatic fashion.
Markieff Morris had another solid outing with 18 points while Gerald Green added 17 for the Suns. Phoenix shot just 46 percent from the floor and 27 percent from beyond the arc. And in spite of outrebounding the Nets 40-36, it was Brooklyn who topped the Suns in fast break points 20-11.
The Nets came out of the gates on fire hitting eight of their first 11 shots en route to 70 percent shooting in the first quarter. The Suns trailed by as many as 14 early in the first quarter.
Phoenix battled back and cut the Nets' lead to 76-67 on a Markieff Morris three-point play, but Brooklyn followed with two 3-pointers to start a 14-0 run to ultimately seal the win.
Up next, the Suns return home to US Airways Center for two games beginning with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
Phoenix allowed 62 Nets points in the first half compared to the Suns' 49. Brooklyn was on fire from the field and shot nearly 70 percent in the first and second quarters.
The Suns fought back and cut the lead to single digits, but Brooklyn seemingly had an answer for every Phoenix run.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"We just didn't have the effort from the start. You hope it's just one of those nights and move on to the next one." - Jeff Hornacek on the loss in Brooklyn
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Markieff Morris was huge off the bench again for the Suns scoring a team-high 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go along with three rebounds. Morris continues to solidify himself as one of the leaders in the Sixth Man of the Year chase.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
59: the percent of shots the Nets hit from the field compared to the Suns' 46 percent. Brooklyn finished 41-of-70 from the floor including 9-of-21 from beyond the arc.