Two Teams in Opposite Directions: Phoenix Suns Extend Win Streak as Cleveland Cavs Continue Down Slippery Slope of Failure
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Facing a Cavs team with more injuries than good players and the worst record in the NBA, the Suns managed to win without much trouble. The team got off to a hot start, scoring 36 points in the first quarter and 62 in the half before fizzling out after halftime.
Cleveland fought back in the third and fourth quarters, at one point narrowing the Suns' lead to three, but they couldn't get the job done even as the Suns scored a scant 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Grant Hill led the Purple and Orange with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Steve Nash also notched a double-double, with 15 points and 15 assists, but the biggest points of the game might've been scored by Vince Carter.
Carter nailed a big three-pointer in the fourth after an otherwise terrible game. They were his only points, but they had the Lebron effect of icing the Cavaliers.
The Cavs came into the game missing Mo Williams, Anderson Varejao, Anthony Parker, Christian Eyenga, Joey Graham, Leon Powe, and, as always, Lebron James.
Phoenix is on a four-game win streak while the Cavaliers have lost fourteen in a row. The Suns are in striking distance of Portland for the last spot in the Western Conference playoffs but will need to play well in the next few games against bottom-dwellers to get there.
Fortunately, their next game, on January 21, is against the Washington Wizards (12-27), who own the third worst record in the Eastern Conference.
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