Suns Strokes: Suns ’embarrassed’ by Thunder

Feb 11, 2013, 5:33 AM | Updated: 5:33 am

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’ 97-69 loss to the Thunder on February 10.

The Good:

The Suns signed 12-year-old Jonah Zahm from Osco, Illinois to a one-day contract. During the press conference, GM Lance Blanks presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation child his very own Suns uniform, No. 8, the same number of his favorite player, Channing Frye. Zahm, who suffers from a seizure disorder, was given a locker next to Goran Dragic. He attended the shoot-around, enjoyed lunch with Frye at Stingray Sushi in the Biltmore Fashion Square and watched pregame warmups from the bench.

The Bad:

Where to begin….

If it weren’t for Wesley Johnson’s tip-in dunk after a Sebastian Telfair missed three with 7.8 seconds remaining, the Suns would’ve set a franchise-record low for points scored in a regular season game (68; March 8, 1981 at Kansas City).

Instead, the Suns tied a season-low for first quarter points (16) and set a new season-low for first half points (34). During one stretch between the third and fourth quarters, the Suns went 8:02 between made field goals, which helped contribute to a season-worst 33 percent shooting.

He Said It:

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) gets fouled by Phoenix Suns' Marcin Gortat, right, of Poland, as he goes up for a shot during the first half in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Phoenix Suns' Goran Dragic, right, of Slovenia, steals the ball from Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, left, during the first half in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, bottom left, collides with Phoenix Suns' Luis Scola (14), of Argentina, as both go after a loose ball during the first half in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, right, dunks over Phoenix Suns' Jermaine O'Neal (20) during the first half in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, top, gets fouled by Phoenix Suns' Jermaine O'Neal (20) as he goes up for a shot during the first half in an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Phoenix Suns' Jermaine O'Neal (20) grabs a rebound in front of Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins (5) during the first half in an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Phoenix Suns' Michael Beasley (0) has his shot blocked by Oklahoma City Thunder's Kendrick Perkins, center, as Serge Ibaka (9), of the Congo, comes in to defend during the first half in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Thabo Sefolosha (2), of Switzerland, shoots as he gets past Phoenix Suns' Luis Scola, third from left, of Argentina, and Marcin Gortat, third from right, of Poland, while Thunder's Kendrick Perkins (5) and Kevin Durant (35) watch along with Suns' Goran Dragic (1), of Slovenia, during the first half in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Phoenix Suns' Wesley Johnson (2) has his shot blocked by Oklahoma City Thunder's Hasheem Thabeet, of Tanzania, during the second half in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Phoenix. The Thunder won 97-69. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Hasheem Thabeet, right, of Tanzania, and Kevin Durant smile as they watch from the bench during the second half in an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Phoenix. The Thunder won 97-69. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Phoenix Suns' Shannon Brown (26) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder's Perry Jones (3) during the second half in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Phoenix. The Thunder won 97-69. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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