The Phoenix Suns continued their successful streak, upping it to 4 consecutive video games, following a victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night time. The Suns led by as many as 30 factors, going up early following a dynamic begin by Cameron Johnson. He single-handedly scored greater than the Hornets within the first quarter, 16 to fifteen.
Phoenix shot the ball effectively from past the arc within the recreation, hitting 22 of their 40 makes an attempt. The crew was led in scoring by Cameron Johnson’s 24 factors, and Dario Saric contributed 19 factors and eight boards off of the bench.
The win pushes the Suns over .500 for the primary time for the reason that crew was 20-19 on January 4. They’re 25-24 after going 4-0 on their dwelling stand.
The night time started with a flurry of three-point makes by Cameron Johnson. It isn’t solely good to see him again taking part in, it is good to see him not lacking a beat and sniping photographs from being on the arc. He scored 14 of the Suns’ first 16 factors to start out the sport, 12 of which got here on 4-of-4 taking pictures from deep.
Phoenix pieced collectively a 14-0 run halfway by the primary quarter as that they had no situation discovering and making open photographs. An inside hook shot by Bizzy. A transition lay up by Cam Johnson. A middy from Mikal. The crew got here out firing on all cylinders, taking pictures 60% from the sector within the first quarter.
Jaden McDaniels, who has been linked in commerce rumors to the Phoenix Suns, was the one offensive pressure that Charlotte had early on that was semi-consistent. Maybe he is auditioning? An alley-oop dunk, a made three pointer; the lengthy and prolonged ahead was a shiny spot on an offense that had a tough time hitting any shot. McDaniels was 3-of-6 for 7 factors within the first.
Charlotte shot 26.1% from the sector within the opening quarter, the Suns outrebounded them 16-7, and Phoenix completed the primary with a 36-15 lead. Cam Johnson outscored the complete Hornets’ squad.
Jock Landale hit a pair of three-pointers within the second quarter, and also you knew it was going to be a very good night time. Getting into the night time, Jock was 14-of-56 (25%) from deep. He’d hit 2 three’s in simply two video games this season. Landale scored 10 factors within the first half.
The bench unit carried the momentum into the second quarter, topping the Hornets’ bench manufacturing 21-10 within the first half, and prolonged the Suns’ result in 30 factors with 7:01 left within the half.
Is any lead ever secure within the NBA? No. By no means.
The Hornets outscored the Suns 27-8 for the rest of the second quarter, doing so on 56.5% taking pictures. Terry Rozier, who began 1-of-7 from the sector, was 3-of-6 for 7 factors within the second.
The Suns shot 33.3% from the sector within the second, and the battle on the boards evened out as each groups grabbed 12 within the interval. Bismack Biyombo had 5 blocks within the first half.
Phoenix led on the half by 11, 58-47.
Hornets have 5 three-point performs within the final 4 minutes, plus one other pair of makes.
Suns lead right down to 11 at halftime after a excessive of 30.
— Dave King (@DaveKingNBA) January 25, 2023
Chris Paul, who primarily performed the position of facilitator within the first half, opened up the third quarter, in search of to make his personal shot. He scored 5 factors in an 8-0 run for the Suns as they re-took momentum from Charlotte within the recreation.
Cameron Johnson continued his scorching taking pictures night time, doing so with a swollen proper face following an elbow to the cheek late within the second quarter. An aggressive dunk adopted by a three-pointer over Mason Plumlee pressured a timeout from Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford.
For the primary time in his profession, Jock Landale hit three three-pointers in a recreation. He then collected his fourth and fifth fouls and exited the sport.
The Hornets continued attacking the paint, drawing fouls whereas making their and-1’s. It felt that foul bother on the inside might play an element on this one.
Chris Paul continued to flex his scoring would possibly, scoring 12 factors within the quarter. Phoenix outscored Charlotte 40-30 within the third, and pushed their lead again to 21, main 98-77 heading into the fourth.
Dario Saric had his second consecutive strong scoring night time, scoring 19 factors after scoring 14 factors towards the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. He is put within the work. It reveals on the courtroom.
Good seeing Dario Saric again to being Dario Saric currently
— Dave King (@DaveKingNBA) January 25, 2023
They know Lee contributed high quality backup level guard minutes. I discussed within the preview that it could be attention-grabbing to see how Monty Williams navigated the backup level guard place on this recreation. Would we see they know? Or would we see Duane Washington, Jr.? DWJ is extra of a scorer, and Monty opted to go together with the facilitator that Lee is. He had 6 assists in 21 minutes performed.
Once more, I appreciated what I noticed from Jaden McDaniels. If Phoenix does try and make a commerce with Charlotte for the fourth-year ahead out of USC, I would not be mad. He possesses athleticism and size. He’d be a strong contributor. The petty a part of me would like to see Jae Crowder in a Hornets uniform.
Phoenix finally took care of us within the fourth quarter, by no means permitting Charlotte to assemble a major run that threatened their lead. The bench performed elegantly and pushed the lead again over 30 factors within the fourth.
We even acquired a spotlight dunk from Ish Wainwright.
Suns win, 128-97.
The Suns host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night time. You understand what which means. Metropolis Version night time!
See you then.