Throughout the first half the Suns and Celtics were in a high-scoring battle. In the second quarter the Suns began to pull away with the lead with great play for Gordon Dragic.
Coming out of the half the Sun's lead was closed up to within a few points. Markief Morris and Jeff Green traded buckets, both trying to will their team to the win. Morris finished the game with 30 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals in a monster game. On the other hand, Green finished with 28 points, 2 blocks, and 3 steals.
In the fourth quarter both teams continued to trade buckets. With about a minute left, Jeff Green decided to flash his dunking ability and absolutely through home a vicious dunk over Marcus Morris. The dunk was sure to lead into Celtics momentum and fuel them up on their way to victory.
The Celtics fell short down the stretch though. Coach Brad Stevens failed to draw up a successful plays coming out of several timeouts in the final minutes. But don't place all the blame on him. Rajon Rondo choked in the final minutes once again. The Celtics are now 2-6 in close games, and show an inability to close out games.
Eric Bledsoe cliched the Suns 118-114 victory with two steals in the final minute. The Suns also received key contribution from center Alex Len who added in 19 points and 7 rebounds.
The Celtics received a great game from center Tyler Zeller. He scored 19 points on 9 of 10 shooting and added in 7 rebounds. He normally plays limited minutes only to run a pick and roll offense with Rajon Rondo. But after his impressing performance tonight he will see an increase in minutes. Rajon Rondo had a great game assisting Zeller, but was one assist away from a triple-double. The Celtics point guard finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists.
The Phoenix Suns won in all important game tonight, which will help them in a tight playoff race in the Western Conference. But the Celtics also lost another close game, a crucial indicator of the trend of their season. Overall, the night was filled with excitement and provided all spectators with a great game.