The Suns put away the Pistons on Sunday night and here are five notes about the Suns 11th win of the season…
On the Mark from Beyond the Arc
The Suns were making long distance calls and the basket was answering on Sunday night. The team shot a combined 61% from beyond the arc against the Pistons hitting 11 of their 18 attempts for 33 points.
Jason Richardson and Goran Dragic led the team with three treys apiece while center Channing Frye kept up his hot start to the season with a pair of longballs for himself.
Home Sweet Home
It’s no surprise the Suns scored exactly 117 points against the Pistons. Sunday’s win kept the Suns perfect inside the US Airways Center this season. The Suns are 5-0 at home this year and are averaging 117 points in the Purple Palace.
Overall, the team has one 14 straight games in Phoenix dating back to last season.
Goran’s Great Game
While Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire were adding up points and highlight plays, another Sun was quietly having one of the best games of this young season. Goran Dragic showed off his progress as Steve Nash’s understudy with 13 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Dragic was aggressive on both ends of the court, leading fast breaks on offense and reaching for steals on the defensive end. More than his individual performance, his presence on the court benefitting his teammates. The Suns were +19 points over the 22 minutes Goran logged Sunday night.
The Suns were definitely happy to be home, but some nights off definitely helped in the win. The Suns had two nights of rest after Thursday’s loss in New Orleans and Steve Nash used his extra energy to score 20 points. In games with 2 or more days rest, Nash is averaging 22.3 points but scoring only 15.6 points on less rest.
On The Line
At the risk of jinxing the team, we have to point out that the Suns showed dramatic improvement from the charity stripe on Sunday. The team went into Sunday’s game hitting just 71% of their free throws but the Suns combined to sink 88% of their attempts against the Pistons. In all, five different Suns went perfect from the line.