Coming off of an impressive road victory over the surging Toronto Raptors on Sunday, the Phoenix Suns simply couldn’t keep up their blistering pace, as they fell at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets by a score of 108-95. Playing a set of back-to-back games on the road is never fun in the NBA and the Suns encountered that here, especially on the defensive end.
Brooklyn shot an incredible 59% from the field in the game, taking advantage of the sleep-walking Suns with hot shooting and timely execution, and it was an across-the-board effort. Deron Williams led all scorers with an ultra-efficient 28 points (on 11 of 13 shooting), and he was flanked by every member of Brooklyn’s starting five reaching double-digits. Seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson scored 19 points on just 11 shots in the game, and Mason Plumlee added 14 points and 9 rebounds for good measure.
On the Phoenix side, it was an acceptable offensive showing as a team, but if you go player by player, there wasn’t a lot to be excited about. Markieff Morris led the team in scoring with 18 points off the bench in 26 minutes, but aside from him, only Goran Dragic (13 points, 6-12 FG) had anything resembling an above-average night at the office.
With the win the Nets advance to 34-31 on the season, and judging from their injury woes and an insanely rough start to the campaign, that is an unquestioned “win”.