Suns Run Out of Gas in Loss to Heat
After winning two hard-fought games on the road – and playing their third game in four nights – the Suns fell to the Heat in Miami Monday night, 107-92.
Again without Eric Bledsoe (shin bruise), the Suns managed to accomplish much of what they talked about wanting to do heading into the game.
Phoenix out-rebounded the Heat 45-38, held Miami to just 32 percent from beyond the arc and finished with a balanced offensive attack with six players in double-figures.
Nevertheless, Lebron James’ 35 points on just 14 shots was too much for Phoenix to overcome.
Indeed, the Suns were within striking distance through three quarters, but just two minutes into the fourth quarter Ray Allen drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Heat up by 14.
Phoenix cut the lead to 10 with just under four minutes remaining, but weren’t able to get any closer.
Channing Frye led the Suns with 16 points and eight boards including four 3-pointers. Goran Dragic finished eerily close to a triple-double with 14 points, nine assists and eight rebounds while the Morris twins combined for 25 points and 14 rebounds off the bench.
The game was neck and neck throughout the opening 24 minutes, with a 3-pointer by Lebron James to give Miami a 50-47 lead at the half. With just under three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Miami led by only two points after a Markieff Morris 3-pointer.
Coming into tonight’s game, the Suns and Heat were the only teams in the NBA who hadn’t been dealt a double-digit loss. Unfortunately for Phoenix, the scorching Heat won by 15 points – their seventh straight win.
Phoenix's six losses before Monday were by a total of 27 points.