NBA: Suns beat Suns 97-85 to improve to 2-1
The Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns both came from behind to beat the Atlanta Hawks 97-80 on Sunday.
After the game, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer expressed confidence that the Clippers and Suns would be better than the Atlanta team that upset them in the first round.
“I thought we had a lot of positives, especially in the second half,” Budenhoppers said.
“We were getting to the rim and getting in the paint and doing a lot better.
And the way we were playing defensively, they got a lot more shots, and that was a big thing.”
While the Hawks were able to score their third-straight points after a 10-0 spurt, the Clippers had their moments, too.
They scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and 11 more in the third, but they could not get much going in the final stretch.
“We just didn’t have enough shots,” Budenhoff said.
The Clippers and Hawks combined for 28 points.
The Suns were outscored 31-25 in the game.
The win improves the Clippers to 10-4 since losing DeAndre Jordan to a torn ACL in the playoffs, while the Suns fell to 6-8 since losing Jamal Crawford to a broken right leg in Game 2.
The Hawks are now 5-1 against the Clippers.