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Suns Strokes: Phoenix falters late against Orlando

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we will give you Suns Strokes, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Suns’ 98-90 loss to the Magic on December 9.

The Good:

Shannon Brown scored 10 of his team-high 17 points during a 19-4 run midway through the third quarter that saw the Suns take a 67-61 lead with 4:16 remaining in the quarter. Brown extended his season-best streak to six consecutive double-digit scoring efforts.

Jared Dudley, meanwhile, reached double figures in scoring for the fifth time in his last six games.

The Bad:

The Suns seven-game losing streak is the team’s longest since 2003-04, the season before Steve Nash returned. As a result, head coach Alvin Gentry canceled the team’s off day Monday. He’ll have his club practice, a rarity following back-to-back games.

The Suns allowed a Magic team that was 28th in the league in scoring (91.8 points per game) and 20th in shooting (32.6%) to light up the scoreboard for 98 points on a season-best 51.9% shooting.

He Said It

“We played well for maybe three quarters and then we stopped,” Marcin Gortat said. “We didn’t compete. We didn’t play hard enough. We are not playing tough enough.”


• Goran Dragic (sick) and PJ Tucker (knee sprain) did not play.

• Suns fell to 0-5 on the second night of a back-to-back this season.

• Suns in their last two games have allowed better than 60 percent shooting in the fourth quarter (63.6 percent by Clippers and 64.7 percent by Magic) while getting outscored by a combined 23 points.

Up Next:

The Suns (7-15) host Memphis (14-4) on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. MST

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