So this is what Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek had in mind when he decided to implement a three-guard system for Phoenix’s 2014-2015 campaign.
Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points and Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas contributed 18 apiece in the Phoenix Suns’ 125-109 blowout victory over the Toronto Raptors Sunday night.
It was the second-straight blowout loss (third-straight loss in general) for the Raptors (24-10) to end a long road trip, and the eighth win in 10 games for the Phoenix Suns (20-16).
Four other players scored in the double digits as the Suns took a 19-point lead (the largest of the first half) and a 27-point lead in the second half to completely shut down the Raptors.
What did the Suns’ highest-scoring non-overtime win look like, by the numbers?
The Suns shot 54 percent from the field over Toronto’s 46 percent, hitting 48-of-89 shots.
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Phoenix hit eight 3-pointers on 23 attempts for 35 percent shooting behind the arc. Thomas led the Suns from the 3-point line, hitting 3-of-5, followed by Dragic’s twin triples.
Toronto also shot 35 percent from three, hitting 9-of-26 attempts.
Toronto, the league leader in turnovers, committed 21 of them throughout and 13 in the first half, which led to 25 Suns points.
Phoenix had 17 turnovers.
The Suns had 70 first-half points (35 of which came from the three guards) to tie their season record for highest-scoring first half.
Suns guard Archie Goodwin, a 20-year-old, had 12 points in nine minutes played and threw down an extremely athletic dunk over Toronto’s 7-foot center, Jonas Valanciunas:
Oh yeah, and Goodwin is 6-foot-5.
Phoenix scored 34 fast-break points over Toronto’s 16, marking the third time this season they’ve had at least 30.
The Suns were dominant in the box, too, outscoring the Raptors 64-48 in the paint.
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The Suns have now scored at least 100 points in eight straight games.
Phoenix has won five straight games against Eastern Conference opponents. They’ll hit the road next for a four-game trip, starting with the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 6.