The Boston Celtics hosted the Phoenix Suns tonight after recording two consecutive losses, most recently Wednesday night against the New York Knicks. The Suns had been reeling as of late, losing four of their last five games, recording their most recent loss Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Celtics had a mediocre start tonight; they made three of their first five field goal attempts, as did the Suns, as they missed three of their first five shots.
A three-pointer from Jerryd Bayless gave Boston a three-point lead over Phoenix (7-4). The Suns hit two quick shots giving them a 8-7 lead. Boston answered with a 6-0 run, putting the Celtics up by five over the Suns (13-8). The Suns responded with a 14-0 run, preventing the Celtics from scoring for over four minutes.
While the Suns grew their lead to as many as ten points (27-17), the Celtics headed to the second quarter down by only seven points (29-22).
Both the Suns and the Celtics missed three of the first five field goal attempts to start the second quarter.
With the Suns' ahead of the Celtics by 11 points (38-27), the Celtics slowly chipped away at the Suns' lead. Celtics stifled the Suns' offense, holding them to one field goal in the final eight minutes of the second quarter. Meanwhile, the Celtics took full advantage of the Suns' shooting woes, cutting the Suns' lead to one point (41-40). By the end of the second quarter, the Sun's were only in the lead by two points (46-44).
Phoenix grew their lead to as many as eight points (61-53) in the first ten minutes of the second quarter. Sullinger hit five consecutive freethrows to cut the Suns' lead to three points (61-58). The Celtics headed to the final quarter down by four points (64-60).
Boston opened the final quarter with a 9-0 run against Phoenix, giving Boston a 69-64 lead, their first lead since the first quarter.
A three-pointer from Goran Dragic tied the game at 69 apiece and an Eric Bledsoe freethrow gave the Suns a one-point lead over the Celtics (70-69).
Three consecutive freethrows from Chris Johnson but Boston back in front by two (72-70).
The Suns tied the game twice more before taking a two-point lead (80-78) over the Celtics with a little over two minutes left in the game.
Jeff Green hit both of his freethrows on a Dragic foul to tie the game once again, at 80 apiece.
The Celtics were unable to score in the final two minutes of the game and the Suns took full advantage and beat the Celtics tonight with a final score of 87-80
Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe led Phoenix tonight, Dragic with 20 points and Bledsoe with 17 while Kris Humphries and Chris Johnson led Boston, both with 11 points.
The Celtics have one night off before taking on the Pelicans in New Orleans Sunday night.