NBA Phoenix Suns

Career Night From Goran Dragic Sets Phoenix Suns Up For Strong Run

Goran Dragic

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Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns just took a game off due to a nagging ankle injury. Coming in against New Orleans, the Suns weren’t sure if he would even be ready to play.

It turns out that Dragic would not only play, but would also set his career-high in points in the process. The Suns took down the Pellies by a final score of 116-104 behind Dragic’s 40-point outburst.

The sixth-year guard, who didn’t make this year’s All-Star Game, continues to make the case that he should have been in New Orleans. This was the second time in less than a week that Dragic set a career-high after putting up 35 points against the Houston Rockets last Sunday. Dragic and the Suns were able to hold off an almost equally impressive performance from the young big man Anthony Davis. The former Kentucky product posted 32 points and nine rebounds, while also shooting nearly perfect from the floor, going 14-of-18.

The Yugoslavian point guard’s performance was very important because it kept the Suns in the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race. The Memphis Grizzlies are breathing down their neck with their recent stellar play, and therefore every win from here on out will be critical.

Phoenix has a few tough games coming up as they match up with the Western Conference‘s elite, including dates with the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors. However, if Dragic continues to top himself, the Suns should be in very good shape.

Schuyler Machcinski is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SkyGage123, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.