The Phoenix Suns are on the final stop of their road trip against the Miami Heat on Monday. Phoenix is currently 1-2 during the road trip, and will look to close out strong against Jimmy Butler and Miami.
The Heat have won their last two against the Charlotte Hornets coming into Monday. Miami hasn’t gotten off to the best start of the season and are looking to establish some ground.
As such, Miami is leading 58-57 at halftime.
The Miami Heat connected early and often from three-point range in the first quarter. At one point, the Heat had knocked down 7-of-8 from downtown. Those threes weren’t unlucky shots for Miami, as the Suns failed to close out properly on defense.
The Suns were able to contain Max Strus, which is a positive note given his more recent outings.
Phoenix will require more from its starters though, as there wasn’t an enormous amount of production offensively in the first quarter.
One notable absence in the first quarter was no Bismack Biyombo or Dario Saric. Head coach Monty Williams will hopefully look to get his reserves in to help on Bam Adebayo.
Duane Washington, Jr. has been the savior for the Phoenix Suns in the second quarter. He hasn’t seen much playing time , but that could be a different topic given his impressive play. He was the leading scorer with 16 points as time reached the five-minute mark in the second quarter.
Fouls have been a slight issue for the Suns, as they have six so far compared to one for Miami.
Adebayo has been a key piece of Miami’s success. He’s up to 10 points along with six rebounds as time reached the two-minute mark.
Phoenix was somehow able to stay in the contest late in the second quarter. The Suns were shooting 50 percent from the floor with two minutes remaining in the half.
Miami was leading in free throw attempts however. The Heat attempted seven free throws compared to the Suns’ one attempt.
Between both groups excelling in their respective area, the game remained close down to the final minute of play.
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