Monday, July 13, 2015

Recap: Suns 86, Wizards 77

The Phoenix Suns (1-0) used an 11-0 first-quarter run to distance themselves from the Washington Wizards (0-1) in an 86-77 decision Saturday afternoon at UNLV's Cox Pavilion. Archie Goodwin and T.J. Warren scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, to pace the Suns who led by as much as 16 in the opening contest for both squads at the 2015 NBA Summer League.
The Wizards jumped out of the gates with five of the game's first seven points -- all of which were scored by Jarrid Famous, who most recently played for GlobalPort Batang Pier in the Philippines -- only to see the Suns get two points each from Goodwin and Alex Len and a 3-pointer from Alec Brown.
Following a jumper off the glass from the Wizards' Kelly Oubre, the 15th overall pick at the 2015 NBA Draft, that evened the score at 7-all, Phoenix rattled off 11 straight points from the hot hands of Warren and Devin Booker, who was picked two spots ahead of Oubre. The former had six points to the latter's five.
The Suns maintained close to a double-figure advantage for the majority of the affair save for a brief 14-4 run by the Wizards that occurred in a span of 5:38 from the end of the third quarter to the start of the fourth.
With its lead shaved to four and 7:42 remaining in the game, Phoenix went on another outburst of its own. In a matter of 2:32, the Suns outscored the Wizards 13-5 for an insurmountable 12-point edge.
Len and Booker rounded out the Suns' quartet in double digits with their 17- and 12-point efforts, respectively.
Oubre led all Wizards with 20 points, while Famous, Scott Machado and Scott Suggs contributed 10 apiece.
Both teams are scheduled to return to action Sunday. Washington will square off against the D-League Select at 1:00 pm PT in the Cox Pavilion, while Phoenix faces Houston at 1:30 pm PT in the Thomas & Mack Center.

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