What a birthday for Eric Bledsoe! With 30 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and his team getting that W last night, he had plenty to celebrate.
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Phoenix was able to snap their three-game losing streak last night at the Staples Center, winning 119-115 after leading by as much as 18 in the second half. They were powered by Bledsoe’s big game and a season-high 13 3-pointers as well.
Leandro Barbosa led the bench attack for the Suns, scoring 21 of the team’s 59 bench points on the night. Lou Williams led all scorers with 35 off the bench for the Lakers. Williams has needed to take on a larger role recently with injuries to guards D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young and has been exceptional for L.A. in that time.
The Suns did everything they normally don’t do Friday night. They had 26 assists, shot 43% on 3’s (season average hovers around 30%) and held on to the basketball – only turning the ball over eight times to the Lakers’ 16. And just a few days removed from blocking zero shots against the Jazz, the Suns had nine rejections last night.
Phoenix withstood a late comeback by Los Angeles, something the young team has struggled with early on this year.
More good news came for the Suns following the victory when it was announced T.J. Warren (who has missed the last ten games with an undisclosed head injury) has been cleared to start practicing with the team again. Now that’s two wins and a birthday for Phoenix. Good night for the young squad.
The Suns’ next game is Sunday at home against the New Orleans Pelicans.