The Phoenix Suns reminded us how grateful we should be for a 63-game winning streak by losing to the Los Angeles Clippers 113-109 on Wednesday night in a game for which they rested four starters.
Phoenix was 29 behind in the first half and a total of 31 points was the lowest since February 7, 2018. In the loss against the San Antonio Spurs, the Suns started led by Jay Triano Tyler Ulis, Josh Jackson, TJ Warren, Dragan. Bender and Marquese Chriss.
Do you remember that time? Be thankful for this Suns team.
And they actually gave one more reminder of why in the second half. After the Clippers ‘lead went up to 39 in the third quarter, the Suns’ lead under Aaron Holiday, Iffe Lundberg, Ish Wainright and Bismack Biyombo narrowed the gap to 11 with 4:42 left and moved even closer. at the last minute.
Los Angeles actually had to shoot down a few shots to end the game, which it did, but the Suns let them earn it despite how bad the night went overall. Phoenix scored 48 points as 48 points in the fourth quarter. That was more than five times the Suns’ goal in the second half (9).
“This is a great lesson for our team, any kids watching,” said head coach Monty Williams of the Suns’ fight. “You just play it out. You never know what might happen. We were 39 under and we can cut it down to one digit and have a chance to draw or win it just because we kept going and had Suns health.
The two-sided winger Ish Wainright led the attack by scoring 20 points throughout his career in the fourth quarter. He had an overwhelming +36 in his 25 minutes and took eight rebounds, four assists and stole three balls.
“Someone said that,” Wainright said of his peak career. “I do not know who said this in the middle of the game and I was like, ‘What? All right, all right, whatever. Let’s win this game. Let’s try to win. ‘ It’s not something I was really thinking about. I was trying to win the game. We were down, what, 30? “In my head, it’s like, okay, this is the greatest comeback in the history of the Suns.”
“He had a great night tonight and was really motivated for us to get juice to get back in the game,” Williams said of Wainright.
The Suns featured Deandre Ayton (right ankle ache), Devin Booker (low back ache), Jae Crowder (right ankle ache) and Chris Paul (right thumb injury management) after the Los Angeles Lakers’ Phoenix victory the night before.
With that in mind, the team’s support team is more than capable of hanging on to a game with teams like the Clippers, but this was a rough night offensively for Phoenix while Los Angeles was playing well at both ends.
Believe it or not, this was just a four-point game over one quarter. This was not the case with the loss in Memphis or Oklahoma City, where effort and concentration were lacking. The Suns played their way while the shots were not going in, but when Los Angeles gained some momentum, it snowed enormously in the game.
The Clippers defeated the Suns 21-0 in the first five minutes of the second half, which means that the Suns put down four assets in a row that Los Angeles used for points. 1 of 11 starting for Cam Payne and Landry Shamet seemed to throw them out of the game, even though they were still aggressive.
Los Angeles had a 16-point lead in the first half and Paul George was driving the offense with precision. The Clippers are stuck in eighth place, but since George had just returned from a three-month absence a week ago, the pace is set for this last week of the regular season. They also got back wing Norman Powell on Wednesday due to a foot injury for the first time since February 10, and coach Ty Lue clearly managed to get his men to lock themselves in and use this group of games to get ready for the game. in the tournament.
To be fair, Phoenix looked the same. Payne and Shamet both stayed ahead as footballers, something they struggle with from time to time. This was just not their night. All.
The game further affected the conversation among the fans about the Suns’ last place, which is on its way into the postseason, for which Wainright has received serious consideration. As a two-way player, he needed the Suns to release one of his 15 members under a regular contract to join the squad after the season.
Wainright has an attractive ability as an interchangeable, strong winger and as well as an athlete. His work in the Suns’ training facility during the season to be more visible against the Clippers.
He knocked down 3s on the go.
This is what hard work looks like that pays off. Ish Wainright nails two 3s of movement. image.twitter.com/UikjKNnvcc
– Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) April 7, 2022
And he attacked the dribble.
Tough night for the boys but a career game for Ish Wainright!
– Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) April 7, 2022
Although Wainright is a 27-year-old rookie, a potential long-term player is there and he has taken every opportunity he has had since coming to Phoenix, but the latest example comes on Wednesday.
Elfrid Payton is the other player mentioned in that discussion and he did not play well for 12 minutes, shooting 1 of 7. He has continued to get the saddle ahead of Aaron Holiday, which has been the case for the last two weeks, after Holiday initially took the place when he came on the business deadline and had successful minutes in that role.
Holiday, to his credit, was also great on Wednesday. He scored 16 points, took six rebounds and gave up seven assists in 18 minutes and was +30.
Biyombo scored 14 points and 12 rebounds as part of this comeback attempt and Lundberg recorded his first NBA game in his career, the first points Denmark has scored in the league. The Dane also provided five assists.
Phoenix usually ends the season by continuing to play in Utah on Friday and at home on Sunday against the Sacramento Kings.