Phoenix Suns Drop Two Western Conference Playoff Contenders This Weekend at Home
Jason Richardson: Big night on Sunday.
The Phoenix Suns didn't hit as many baskets as usual on Sunday night (looks weird to see a double-digit score beside their name, doesn't it?), but they stepped up their defense enough to knock off the Portland Trail Blazers 93-87.
It was the fourth-straight win of their seven-game homestand, which came to an end on Sunday and included a 110-100 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night, and it was enough to push the Suns past the Oklahoma City Thunder and into fifth place in the Western Conference playoff picture.
The Suns, the best shooting team in the NBA, hit only 38.3 percent of their field goals on Sunday, but they held the Blazers to just 36.3 percent shooting. The Suns actually entered the fourth quarter with a four-point deficit but flipped the switch to outscore Portland 29-19 in the final period of what coach Alvin Gentry described as a "grind-it-out game." The Suns' win stopped the Blazers' five-game winning streak.
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