The Phoenix Suns survived an odd bout against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night. Initially leading by 20 at one point the Suns trailed by 7 in the final 2 minutes, only to recover and finish out 109-104 in a clash of two of the NBA’s surprise teams.
The Suns came into the game 8-10 after a surprise start to the season with wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and the Philidelphia 76ers. A great start for a perennial dumpster diving team, with new management and coaching staff the Suns’ trajectory appears to have them in the 8th seed come playoff time.
The Charlotte Hornets are also a surprise team coming into last night’s game 8-14, which was a shock when thinking about the lack of talent or a bonafide star. However, they have a great collection of young talent that has provided challenges to teams facing them on any given night. Those aren’t short of blowout losses for the Hornets. Nevertheless, The Hornets are currently 9th in the Eastern Conference standings.
brightsideofthesun reports that Kelly Oubre was the hero of the game last night for the suns. Oubre scored two threes and forced two turnovers in the closing minutes. The Suns, riddled with injury and playing without their former no.1 overall pick in Deandre Ayton due to league violations have gone 1-6 since their hot start to the season after starting 7-4. in that stretch, they had averaged at least 116 oppg over that 7 game stretch but thankfully turned around their defense last night with the 12 steals in the first half.
Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre led the suns with 23 points, Marvin Williams led the Hornets with 22 and went 10-10 for the free-throw line.
An unsung hero of the game last night was rookie Ty Jerome who came in and added valuable minutes, scoring his first NBA points for the Phoenix suns finishing with a stat line of 4 pts, 3 rebs. and 4 ast.
An interesting stat for the night, according to valleyofthesuns, Phoenix is now 2-357 when trailing by 7 or more points with 2 minutes to go since 2010-2011. A rough stat indeed. This, in essence, was a peculiar night for both teams, the first half for the suns was a reflection of their early-season success. The second half revealed their slump just after. Thankfully they were capable of coming out of Charlotte with a close win.