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Suns comeback to beat Wizards 112-108 after ugly first half

Dec 17, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija (8) makes a pass against Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) during the first half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Zachary BonDurant-USA TODAY Sports

After trailing by double digits for the majority of the first three quarters, the Phoenix Suns stormed back for a win over the Washington Wizards.

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At one point, the Suns trailed by 16 points, making it their largest comeback of the season.

However, even though they ultimately pulled away with a win, the game raised some massive concerns for Phoenix.

Considering they had almost a fully healthy lineup besides Bradley Beal, the Suns really should not have had too much of a problem getting past the 4-20 Wizards.

The Suns shot 2-19 from three in the first half. Then, in the 2nd half, while their shooting did improve slightly, turnovers quickly became an issue, as they have all season.

Compared to just 10 from the Wizards, the Suns lost control of the ball 17 times.

Another issue was their struggle from the free throw line, which has typically been their strong spot. The Suns missed 7 free throws, including three missed by Kevin Durant.

Nevertheless, a win is a win, and thanks to a 4th quarter that consisted of them outscoring the Wizards 31-19, the Suns have snapped a two-game losing skid.

Kevin Durant scored 28 points, followed closely by Devin Booker with 27.

Jusuf Nurkic, on another positive note, brought in 17 rebounds, the 2nd most in a game this season.

Next up for the Suns is a matchup on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

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