The Phoenix Suns have been one of the league’s biggest surprises this season. They currently hold a 30-21 record in the difficult Western Conference. The Suns have also done this despite missing injured guard Eric Bledsoe. Goran Dragic has played up to All-Star level in Jeff Hornacek‘s first season as a coach. That being said, the Miami Heat, their opponent on Tuesday night, are still better even when they are without one of their best players.
Dwyane Wade missed yet another game, this time due to an illness. No fear, they still have LeBron James. King James bounced back from a poor performance (for his standards) against the Utah Jazz and absolutely dominated against the Suns. He lead the Heat to a difficult road victory, 103-97. James scored 37 points including 12-of-22 shooting from the field and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line. He grabbed nine rebounds and also had five steals and three assists. When he plays like that, it rarely matters who his teammates are or how they perform, the Heat will probably win. When that happens and his teammates contribute, well then it is almost guaranteed the Heat win.
Chris Bosh stepped up with a hot-shooting performance. He made 8-of-11 shots including both of his three-point attempts. Bosh also pulled down eight rebounds. Mario Chalmers also chipped in with 13 points.
Miami’s defense was able to frustrate Dragic. The Suns’ PG struggled from the field as he scored 15 points on just 4-of-12 shooting, but did have nine assists. Gerald Green led Phoenix with 26 points. Small forward P.J. Tucker scored 14 points, grabbed eight boards and dished out five assists.
The Suns are a young team with plenty to look forward to in the future. They played a close, tough game against the two-time defending champs with the league’s best player. If and when Bledsoe returns, they will be an even more dangerous team in the Western Conference. No one would have thought that before the season.