At times this season and in his career Goran Dragic has looked like the second coming of Steve Nash.
Monday night was one of those times.
The point guard put on a masterful performance against Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers, scoring 26 points while racking up eight assists and five steals in the victory.
Dragic was helped by a shooter who was on fire as Gerald Green chipped in with 21 points and shot 5-of-10 from three-point range. In addition, Markieff Morris was a factor with 11 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. That combination was huge for the Phoenix Suns who improved to 19-11 on the season. Their next game is on January 2 at home against the Memphis Grizzlies.
As for the Clippers, Chris Paul had 11 points and seven assists and DeAndre Jordan had 19 rebounds, but they couldn’t seem to stop the Suns’ high-powered offense. Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford had 15 points each but shot a combined 9-for-28 from the field. Los Angeles will play host to the Charlotte Bobcats on New Years Day.
From a playoff positioning standpoint, this game was an important one for the Suns, and they came through with a win. Although they are still owners of the No. 6 seed, they trail the Houston Rockets (21-12, No. 5 seed) and the Clippers (21-12, No. 4 seed) by just half a game. Getting to the No. 4 seed is extremely important as the Suns would be forced to face the Portland Trail Blazers if the season ended today.