Phoenix Suns secure surprise win against Golden State Warriors
The Phoenix Suns have been struggling to win games recently, with a 4-14 stretch since Dec. 5 plagued by significant injuries. However, on Tuesday, they were able to secure a surprise victory against the Golden State Warriors, despite being without several key players including Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker, Jae Crowder, Cam Johnson, Chris Paul, Cam Payne and Landry Shamet.
Suns show intent from start of the game
The Suns showed their intent from the start of the game, leading by five in the first quarter, despite having the worst first quarter record in the league over the past 18 games. Golden State didn’t adjust their urgency in real time and the Suns were able to extend their lead to 14 at halftime and as many as 27 in the third quarter.
Suns’ offense runs through normal movement
The Suns’ offense didn’t have a designated point guard or focal point, but they were able to run their offense through normal movement and take advantage of what Golden State’s defense gave them. This led to the team having 98 points through three quarters, matching their highest point total for any of the last four games.
Dario Saric key contributor in the win
The flow of the offense worked best through players like Dario Saric, who made intuitive plays with the ball and looked like the player many talked about as a key over the summer. However, when the game was on the line, it came down to the primetime players. The Warriors made a few separate surges in the fourth quarter, but the Suns were able to hold strong and secure the 125-113 win.
Primetime players step up in the fourth quarter
The Suns’ victory against the Golden State Warriors was a much-needed one, not just for the win itself, but for the way in which they achieved it. Despite being without several key players, the team showed resilience and determination in their play, leading from the start and never letting up. This was evident in the way they attacked the offensive glass, getting free points where they could, and in the way they ran their offense through normal movement and took advantage of what the Warriors’ defense gave them.
Suns’ win a morale boost for the team
One of the key contributors to the Suns’ win was Dario Saric, who had largely looked unlike himself this season after coming back from an ACL tear. However, in this game, he finally looked like the player many talked about as a key over the summer. He made intuitive plays with the ball and thrived in the connecting role that he is known for.
Looking to build on momentum and push for a playoff spot.
Great summation of how the first half has gone for Phoenix. Active hands on one end are leading to buckets on the other pic.twitter.com/USOrLHw7qV— John Voita (@DarthVoita) January 11, 2023
When the game was on the line, it did come down to the primetime players, as the Warriors made a few separate surges in the fourth quarter. However, the Suns were able to hold strong and secure the win. Duane Washington Jr. and Mikal Bridges were turned to for most of the fourth quarter, and while they were double-teamed by the Warriors, they both showed fearlessness in attacking the defense.
The Suns’ win against the Golden State Warriors was a huge morale boost for the team and a reminder that they have the ability to compete with the best teams in the league, even when faced with adversity. With this win, the team will be looking to build on this momentum and continue to push for a playoff spot.
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