Wizards 101, Suns 95

Suns see threes dry up in loss to Wizards

2014-01-25T00:00:00Z 2014-01-25T00:08:30Z Suns see threes dry up in loss to WizardsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 25, 2014 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX — Phoenix was flying high after a blowout win over Indiana.

Then the Washington Wizards came to town and brought down the Suns with a thud.

Trevor Ariza scored 23 points, Bradley Beal sank a pair of crucial shots down the stretch and the Wizards opened a four-game road trip Friday night with a 101-95 victory.

Beal’s three-pointer with 2:03 left gave the Wizards the lead for good at 96-93. His 15-footer made it 99-95 with 26.9 seconds to go, then he finished with a game-ending dunk.

“I knew that eventually the ball was going to come my way and I just stayed ready,” Beal said. “I wasn’t making too many shots throughout the game, but I just stayed with it and stayed confident.”

John Wall had 18 points and 12 assists for the Wizards. Nene scored 18, Beal 17 and ex-Sun Marcin Gortat 14 for Washington.

Goran Dragic had 19 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who had handed the Pacers their worst loss of the season, a 24-point blowout on Wednesday night. Former UA Wildcat Channing Frye scored 16, Miles Plumlee 14 and Markieff Morris 13 for Phoenix.

“We can’t play that way,” Frye said. “Too many turnovers and terrible defense.”

After making 11 of 16 three-pointers against Indiana, the Suns were 7 of 22 against Washington, just 1 of 12 in the second half. Washington, which pulled back to .500 with the win, outrebounded Phoenix 44-30, including 19-9 on the offensive boards. After nine turnovers against Indiana, Phoenix had 21 on Friday.

“There was a bunch of things,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We had 21 turnovers. It’s been probably six or seven games since we have a big turnover night. Then the offensive rebounds — they got 19 of them. So all that stuff adds up.”

The Suns rallied from an eight-point deficit late to tie it at 93 on Plumlee’s hook shot with 2:43 to go. But P.J. Tucker missed two free throws that would have given Phoenix the lead, then Beal made the go-ahead three.

Nene made one of two free throws with 1:38 to go to boost the lead to 97-93, and Plumlee’s dunk on a pass from Dragic cut it to 97-95 with 41.9 seconds left. Beal’s 15-footer with 26.9 seconds remaining put Washington ahead 99-95, then after a pair of missed threes by the Suns, his dunk ended it.

Frye said the Suns are mistaken to think that the win over Indiana was a big deal.

“If your season was betting on beating the Pacers one time at home,” he said, “then, hey, I think we need to sit you back down and let you know you’ve got 81 more.”

Ariza switched onto Frye and shut him down after a 12-point first quarter.

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