For the Wizards, tonight was one of those nights that you had high hopes of finally breaking that franchise record of the best record to start the season. Well that was until the Phoenix Suns came to town and hit on 51.3 percent from the field, leaving the Wizards one game short of passing their best start in franchise history at 20 wins, but still tying it and remaining second in the Eastern Conference at 19-7.
After a 50-50 tie at halftime, the Suns outplayed Washington in the third quarter, taking a 13-point lead with 1:30 to play. The Suns were led by the quick shooting Goran Dragic, who hit on 5 for 6 in the quarter.
The Suns are 9-7 on the road and 6-7 at home. “Maybe we’re just more focused,” Goran Dragic said. “Maybe at home, we’re thinking, `Oh we’re playing at home. We can beat anybody at home.’ So maybe we are too relaxed.”
The biggest note of the night was the lack of assists for the Wizards, who recorded just 11 on the night, their previous low was 19.
Phoenix made the biggest difference of the night off their bench, where they scored a total of 39 points, led by Gerald Green’s 13 points in just 18 minutes. The Morris brothers also gave the Wizards troubles all night long with a combined 28 points.
“They took the game to us every step of the way, whether it was the defensive end or the offensive end,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “We were just a step behind everything from an offensive standpoint.”