The Phoenix Suns could not contain Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat, who ended up beating the Suns at home 103-97. Bosh finished with a season-high 34 points on 14 of 21 shooting, as the Heat outscored the Suns 58-24 in the paint. Phoenix allowed the Heat to shoot a season-best 53.8 percent from the floor against them. The Suns have lost three straight after playing in their fourth game in five nights.
“Whether it was the fourth game in five nights, we weren’t thinking straight, especially in the fourth quarter. You’ve got to be able, when you’re tired, to really bear down and we just didn’t have it there in the fourth quarter.” – Suns coach Jeff Hornacek
After the Suns Markieff Morris scored the first two points of the game, the Heat scored the next 9, sparked by a Luol Deng 3-pointer. Deng would score 9 in the first and finish the game with 23 points, including shooting 3 of 4 from three. The Heat extended their lead to 26-18, which would be the largest of the game, after Norris Cole made his second layup in a row. Markieff Morris would score 7 in the period, but after committing 6 turnovers, the Suns would trail 28-25 at the end of the first.
The Suns went on an 11-2 run to start the second quarter, taking a 36-30 lead at 8:17 before the half. The Heat would tie the score at 36-36, but the Suns would hold onto the lead by making nothing but three-pointers the rest of the period. Phoenix shot 5 of 8 from beyond the arc, but just 3 of 14 (21.4%) otherwise. The Heat scored 16 of their 18 points in the period inside the paint, while holding the Suns to just 2 points in the paint. The Suns were held to just 2 fast break points at the half as well, but led 51-46 thanks to making 8 of 16 from three.
Chris Bosh took over for the Heat scoring 14 points in the third. He scored the first two baskets, including a 3-pointer to tie the score at 51-51. The Heat continued on a 16-4 run to take a 7 point lead after Luol Deng sank a 3-pointer with 7:12 to go in the third. Goran Dragic would make 4 of 7 to score 8 points in the period, on his way to finishing the game with 16. The rest of the Suns shot 5 of 13 (38.5%) for the quarter. Marcus Morris would drain a clutch 3-pointer to help the Suns take a 68-66 lead at 3:40 left in the third. The lead wouldn’t last long as the Heat shot 61.1 percent in the quarter, and Bosh would score the final 7 points for Miami to give them a 73-72 lead heading into the fourth.
The Suns would go up 4 after Gerald Green hit back-to-back 3-pointers with 8:50 remaining in the game. The Heat would score 8 straight to go up 88-84, but the Suns would regain the lead, 91-90, after Marcus Morris hit a 3-pointer with 3:17 to go. Marcus Morris would score 9 points in the quarter, and finish the game with a career-high 25 points. Bosh would then score 7 straight, including a 3-pointer to give the Heat a six point lead. Gerald Green would hit his third 3-pointer of the period to cut the Heat lead to 97-94 with 1:24 to go. Green would finish with 19 points, including 5 of 7 from three. Deng immediately responded with his third 3-pointer of the game to up the Heat lead back to 6, and then Marcus Morris would hit another three to bring the Suns within three with 56.9 seconds left. The game was tied four times throughout the fourth quarter, with the lead also changing hands four times before Dwayne Wade scored the final 3 points to ensure the Heat win. The Suns would make 7 of 11 from three, but made just two other baskets, shot zero free throws, and committed eight turnovers in the period. The Heat outscored the Suns 10-0 in the paint and made 4 of 5 from three.
Both teams shot well from the outside but the overall pace of the game favored the Heat, who are ranked 23rd in the league, averaging 95.4 points per game. The Suns were held to a season-low 6 free throw attempts and 7 fast break points, as well as a season-high 22 turnovers. Eric Bledsoe was held to 4 points and 7 turnovers after recording his first career triple-double in their loss against the Los Angeles Clippers the night before. Miami snapped a four-game losing streak with the win, and are now 9-0 when leading games entering the fourth quarter. The Heat have won eight straight against the Suns, including six in a row in Phoenix. The Suns have now lost 5 of their last 7 games.