Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.
THE BIG ONE: Suns SHINE FROM DEEP
The Suns scored 121 points against the Lakers Sunday night. That part is impressive. More impressive? That 66 of those points came from 3-point range.
Chew on this: Phoenix took 40 3-pointers against the Lakers and hit, wait for it, 22 of them. Before you ask, no it's not an NBA record. That's held by the Magic who hit 23 in 2009. But the 22 is a Phoenix franchise record and it's also dang impressive, so that's something.
Here are the cliffnotes on the shooting show:
- Six players made 3-pointers
- Jason Richardson led the way, hitting 7-10
- Grant Hill was the only player to attempt a 3 and miss it, going 0-1
- The Suns went 13-19... from the free throw line
- The Suns made 43 baskets, with of course 22 of them being from 3
But this is the second consecutive loss for the Lakers and a big win to push the Suns to 5-4. No reason to worry for L.A., but the fact that you even gave up 40 looks at 3 is something to raise an eyebrow at. The perimeter defense is lacking at this moment and really, the defense in general. The Nuggets exposed the Lakers on that end Friday night in L.A.'s first loss and then Sunday the Suns dropped 121.
Obviously, Phoenix winning is something for the Suns to be excited about and to build on. But the way they won isn't much to think about. You're not going 22-40 from 3-point range very often. And you're not winning pretty much ever being outscored in the paint by 40 points.
But on Sunday night, the Suns were hot and that Heat from the outside is what they rode to a big win over the Lakers.
GO-GO-GADGET LINES:Jason Richardson gets the gold star for the night with 35 points including 7-10 from 3. That's some shootin' right there.
Can't overlook Al Horford's big night against the Wolves as the newly paid Hawk went for 28 on 9-14 shooting and pulled in 10 rebounds for good measure.
Just 22 and 17 for Kevin Love against the Hawks Sunday. What's the deal man?
INFORMATION HERE:Via John Schuhmann: "A team has hit 20 or more threes in a game 5 times (3 by PHX). The previous 4 all won the game by an avg. of 27.3 pts & by no fewer than 18."
- Matt Moore with a beautiful look at the Miami Heat after 10 games. This section is called "Don't Miss" but seriously, don't miss that.
- The big guns are coming out for the next CBA meeting.
A GAME SUMMED UP IN DOTS:Peep the shot chart for the Suns against the Lakers. It's not something you see very often.
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