Dragic Outduels Curry in Suns Win
When Goran Dragic rose for a step-back three-pointer over Golden State's Andre Iguodala, the US Airways fans rose with him. They were, seemingly, certain the shot was going in.
So was Dragic.
The Suns' star guard turned in the latest and perhaps greatest performance of a breakout season, pouring in 34 points and 10 assists to lead Phoenix to a 122-109 win. The effort eclipsed that of opposing guard and All-Star Stephen Curry, who finished with 28 points and nine assists.
Dragic's night marked a career-high in points despite a bout of dizziness suffered in the second half. That was countered by extra motivation from the presence of his three-month-old son, Mateo, who was attending his first NBA game.
"He was fantastic tonight," Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek said. "Not only did he score, he got assists. That's what we need him to do as a point guard."
Dragic got plenty of of help on a night that saw six different Suns score in double-figures, including Gerald Green. The 6-8 veteran scored 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting, with just four of those attempts coming from beyond the arc.
Phoenix received great energy on the glass from P.J. Tucker, who also hit a career-high with 15 rebounds to go along with 16 points. Channing Frye (13), Miles Plumlee (12) and Marcus Morris (14) rounded out the bulk of the scoring for the Suns.
Curry is known for his sudden outbursts of long-distance shooting, but it was Dragic who proved the most lethal, especially in the fourth quarter. He scored 13 of his 34 points in the final seven minutes, including a trio of three-pointers. The offensive outburst turned a four-point edge into a double-digit win, which snapped Phoenix's two-game losing streak.
The result was a frustrating 101-92 home loss to the Bulls which snapped the Suns' five-game winning streak.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"I tried to show him what his daddy can do" -- Goran Dragic on his three-month-old son Mateo being at his first NBA game.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
In setting a new career-high for points, Dragic may have set a new standard on efficiency in the process.
The sixth-year guard took just 13 shots and made 10 of them, including 6-of-7 from three. He also made 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Combined with his 10 assists and two steals, there wasn't much that Dragic wasn't doing.
PHOTO OF THE NIGHT
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
45-34: The rebounding disparity that ended in the Suns' favor. Phoenix saw five different players snag at least five rebounds each, led by P.J. Tucker's monstrous 15-rebound performance.