In a sea of orange, on their brand new sparkling orange court, the Suns could not overcome a sluggish start and fell 87-85 to the Golden State Warriors.
On Halloween night to open up the season the Suns fell short of selling out the arena which may have a lot to do with the sluggish start for the Suns. The Warriors jumped out to a 46-29 lead in the 2nd quarter. Led by a Luis Scola's scoring binge,15 points and 11 rebounds for the night, the Suns rallied late in the quarter and closed out the 2nd quarter on a 13-2 run to only trail by six going into the half.
The Suns used tenacious defense in the 3rd quarter to outscore the Warriors 25-17 to give them a lead going into the 4th quarter. The Suns second unit led by P.J. Tucker's 10 points contributed mightily to the change of energy in the 2nd half. Tucker is a player who made the club out of camp who was not expected to produce much during the season. He led the team with his hustle and enthusiasm to help turn the momentum of the game around.
Goran Dragic and Marcin Gortat led the team defensively tonight. Dragic who also led the Suns with 17 points, kept Warriors guard Stephen Curry in check with only 5 points on 2-14 shooting. Curry averages 17.5 points a game throughout his career. Gortat was a rebound shy of a double double led the team with 5 blocks and contributed to frustrating David Lee to 2-16 shooting.
The Warriors used the scoring of Klay Thompson, 16 points, and Carl Landry, 17 points, to regain their momentum in the 4th quarter and pull out the two point win on opening night.
The Suns had a chance to tie or win the game on their final possession. Curry missed both free throws with 4 seconds left, but the time ran out before Dragic could get a shot up as the Suns were out of timeouts and had to hustle the ball downcourt in the closing seconds.
Michael Beasley, 8 points on 2-9 shooting, was benched in the 4th quarter due to the great play by P.J. Tucker. Beasley struggled both on offense and defense tonight. If the Suns want to do anything this seasons they will need Beasley to score the ball.
The Suns next play on Friday, November 2nd at home against the Detroit Pistons and will look to earn their first win of the 2012-13 season.
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