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Suns allow season-high 139 points, sparking Durant’s frustration

Dec 15, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots over New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) in the first half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns allowed a season-high 139 points against the New York Knicks on Friday night, who were led by Jalen Brunson with 50 points on 9-9 shooting from beyond the arc.

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The last time the Suns allowed more than 139 points dates all the way back to November 27th, 2019.

Here is how the Suns starting five looked in this game:

  • Frank Kaminsky
  • Dario Saric
  • Ricky Rubio
  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
  • Devin Booker

Back to their recent defensive disaster, there were some unexpected players off the bench for the Knicks that suddenly turned into deadly three-point threats, such as Quentin Grimes.

Grimes, who averages a little over 6 points per game, scored nine points on Friday, including three three-pointers on six attempts.

This performance in particular sparked the Suns’ Kevin Durant’s attention after the game while he was looking at the box score.

Durant, showing more emotion that he typically does, explained, “Quintin Grimes, he can’t get 6 3s up. He doesn’t dribble at all. He doesn’t have any free throws on the season. He doesn’t have any assists it feels like, but he’s getting 3s up? That’s the stuff we can’t have. It’s frustrating.” 

Video credits go to Duane Rankin at AZCentral:

As a team, the New York Knicks shot 58.6% from beyond the arc, sinking 17 threes, which is way above their season average.

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