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Updated Jul 17, 2013 - 8:51 am

Goodwin responds, paces Suns to win; 3-0 in Summer League

Suns rookie Archie Goodwin (29) shoots over Memphis' Jamis Timma in an NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas Tuesday, July 16. (Photo: Craig Grialou/Arizona Sports)

LAS VEGAS -- Chalk it up to life as an NBA rookie.

In the span of 48 hours, Archie Goodwin rode the highs and lows so many in his position before have experienced.

A night after a two-point, four-foul, five-turnover effort against Minnesota, the rookie out of Kentucky responded with a game-high 22-point, four-rebound, one-turnover performance against Memphis, helping the Phoenix Suns secure a 100-88 win Tuesday at the Thomas & Mack Center.

"He came focused to play today. You could see it," said Jeff Hornacek, who improved to 3-0 as a head coach, albeit in Summer League action. "That's what the NBA is about. When you're playing 82 games, you're going to have some bad games. You can't let it affect you."

Goodwin scored the team's first six points and accounted for 13 of the Suns' 19 points in the first quarter.

"He did a nice job," Hornacek said. "He took what was given to him; knocked down some shots. You see his talent, his skill level where you can get him out on the break, he takes one or two dribbles from half court and he's dunking the ball. That's pretty good."

Goodwin, still only 18 (he turns 19 on August 17), was so good he slipped past the media as he hurried to see his family, who were in town visiting.

He later told, "You've got to let it go," referring to his game the night before. "There is nothing I can do about the past. I can't change it. The most important thing is we came away with a win. That's all that matters."

Goodwin hit all three of his three-point attempts and electrified the crowd with a couple of one-handed slams, including one that drew a foul as he soared over Memphis' Jack Cooley near the end of the game.

"He walked on that last one," said P.J. Tucker, who scored 18 points in 22 minutes. "I don't know how they didn't call that one. It was nasty, but boy he took off from the three-point line and didn't dribble. I could've called that one from the bench."

Diante Garrett set up the Goodwin dunk with a pretty bounce pass, one of several that found teammates for open looks, many off dribble penetration.

"I was finding guys; guys were knocking shots down, finding them in the post when I was penetrating. It was good," said Garrett, who finished with 12 assists and one turnover in 20 minutes -- his most court time in the three games played.

"That's what we expect from him when we get him in the open court," Hornacek said. "He's got to be able to create those things. He did a nice job."

Also contributing to yet another come-from-behind-victory (the Suns trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half) was big man Arinze Onuaku. He continues to impress, this time with a double-double: 13 points (5-of-8 shooting) and 12 rebounds.

"He's done a great job," Hornacek said. "You start looking at his per minute rebounds (29 in 52 minutes), he's way up there. You need that."

The win earned the Suns the No. 3 seed and a first-round "bye" in the inaugural NBA Summer League Championship. They'll play Thursday against Wednesday's Atlanta vs. Portland winner.

The question then is whether Tucker will play. As the veteran of the group -- and of the Summer League (this is his sixth appearance), he was not expected to play more than a game or two. Yet, the 28-year-old has started all three games.

"I'm leaving it open," Tucker said. "You get out there; you just want to keep playing. I love playing basketball."

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