Playing less than 24 hours after a 112-107 overtime victory in Denver, the Phoenix Suns looked every bit the part of a tired team Wednesday night.
But fueled by the home crowd at US Airways Center and a balanced offensive attack, the Suns came from 10 points down in the second half en route to a 100-94 victory over the woeful Boston Celtics.
Here’s a look back at the six-point victory by the numbers:
On the same day he was fined by the league for violating the anti-flopping policy, Suns forward P.J. Tucker also achieved a piece of personal history. The 28-year-old recorded a double-double (10 points and 11 assists) in consecutive games for the first time in his NBA career.
With the win, Phoenix recorded its fourth back-to-back sweep of the season. Overall, the Suns are 6-6 in 2013-14 on the night of a back-to-back.
Miles Plumlee slide at the offensive end continued against Boston. Plumlee, who finished with four points, is now averaging just 5.0 per game in his last five contests. Wednesday, the Duke standout also had four turnovers.
The Suns didn’t have a single player reach the 20-point mark against the Celtics, but six players did reach double figures. Markieff Morris had a team-high 18 points and Gerald Green and Goran Dragic each added 17 in the victory.
Jeff Hornacek’s squad turned the tide late in the third quarter/early in the fourth quarter, thanks in large part to a 17-0 run. Of the 17 points scored, 12 belonged to the Morris twins.
While Phoenix improved to 2-0 following the All-Star break, it was mighty sloppy against an inferior opponent. The Western Conference’s No. 6 committed 18 turnovers which led to 25 points by the Celtics.
In spite of their heavy legs, the Suns were not afraid to push the ball. Coming in with a league-best 18.4 fastbreak points per game, Phoenix eclipsed that mark and then some Wednesday, finishing with 30 on the night.
Phoenix improved to 32-21 on the season with the victory — its best record through 53 games since the 2007-08 campaign.