The Phoenix Suns were going nowhere fast on Wednesday. The Atlanta Hawks practically controlled the game from start to finish, leaving little imagination for a comeback for Phoenix.
The Suns are still without Devin Booker, who’s nearing a return from his groin injury. Still, it’s no excuse for what transpired throughout Wednesday’s contest.
Quarter after quarter, the Suns lacked in scoring, leading to a 132-100 win for the Hawks.
Hawks Torch the Night From Three
As the third quarter ended, it was easy to see this game leaning forever in Atlanta’s favor. The Hawks were able to shoot 60 percent from the field through the first three quarters.
Dejounte Murray contributed a hefty portion to the Hawks’ success from downtown. Murray knocked down 4-of-7 three-pointers to go for 18 points. He also had six rebounds along with six assists through three quarters.
Trae Young was no slouch from beyond the arc either. The star guard went 3-for-3 from three-point range, while also dishing out 12 assists through only three quarters.
Bench Can’t Change the Course
With the Suns being so shorthanded this season, the reserves have had to step up. With most starters returning, the bench seemed to regress more on Wednesday.
Josh Okogie and Damion Lee — to staples in the reserves squad — were a combined 1-for-9 from the floor through three quarters of play. As such, most of the pressure was put back on the starters, who weren’t having their best night either.
The Hawks bench couldn’t say the same. Bogdan Bogdanović, a peculiar trade target for Phoenix in yester times, netted 13 points off the bench by the end of the third quarter. He was able to increase his scoring total to 18 by the end of the game.
The Suns could have definitely used the win with a road trip in front of them this week. Phoenix opens up their five-game road trip against the Boston Celtics on Friday.
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