Nearly two months into the season and the Phoenix Suns are still lacking consistency.
That was evident again in Monday night’s 102-96 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
The Suns had a chance to go 5-1 in their last 6 games and lead at halftime, despite giving up 17 second-chance points to the Warriors. Phoenix started the third quarter hot, increasing their lead to 12.
That’s when David Lee took over. The Warriors center scored 15 of his 28 points in the third frame, sparking a 43-21 run that stretched into the fourth quarter. Lee torched Marcin Gortat on 3 consecutive trips down the floor that got Golden State going.
“We let David Lee do too much," Gortat said. "We should've let him take more jump shots. There are a lot of details killing us during the game, offensive rebounds, one guy getting loose and scoring. We should've won this game.”
The Suns travel to Denver tonight to face the NBA’s highest scoring team. The Nuggets are averaging 103.9 points per game this season, but have struggled recently with the loss of leading scorer Danlio Gallinari. Denver snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over Indiana on Saturday. Gallinari remains out for at least a month with a right ankle sprain.
Tonight’s matchup between the Suns and Nuggets is televised on Fox Sports Arizona at 7 PM.