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Suns Nearly Overcome 30-Point Deficit To Beat Celts, But Don't And Lose 115-103

Well, Phoenix came out lazy and shooting badly and paid for it by getting down 29 points at one point before the feisty bench players came back to within single digits in the second half. Then the gas just ran out.

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Suns Start Badly, Bench Finishes Strong In 115-103 Loss To Celtics

The Phoenix Suns started off Wednesday evening's game against the Boston Celtics playing like a team that had just gotten done with two back-to-back overtime wins on buzzer-beating shots and was ready for a breather. So, they took the first three quarters of the game off, falling behind by as many as 29 points before the bench -- led by new guard Aaron Brooks, Jared Dudley, and Marcin Gortat -- got things to within single digits in the fourth.

But at that point, it wasn't enough. Ultimately, the Suns came away with only a moral victory, one that solidified Brooks' place on the team, having led the Suns with 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting) and seven assists in his 21 minutes on the court. He was almost single-handedly responsible for -- stealing a Twitter quote here -- changing the second-half from garbage time to crunch time. Dudley, as part of his 15 points, had eight straight to kick-start an 18-0 Suns run across the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth. The Polish Hammer finished with another double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds) and three blocked shots.

The last meeting between the two teams was memorable for Kevin Garnett's crotch-shot on Channing Frye, and this game was feisty, as well. Garnett didn't do anything particularly out of the ordinary, but the game featured technical fouls called on "nice guys" Grant Hill and Steve Nash, and an unsportsmanlike three-pointer taken by Rajon Rondo at the end of the game with the victory in hand. But, keeping in line with the Suns' recent chippiness, Dudley laid Rondo out in response.

The 115-103 loss broke the first four-game winning streak of the Suns' season, and left Phoenix 3-1 after the first four games of their six-game road swing. They'll face off against the Milwaukee Bucks (sans Andrew Bogut) on Friday evening.


Phoenix Suns Schedule: Boston Celitcs Seeking Revenge...Or Nuts

The Phoenix Suns put their season-high four game winning streak on the line as they go into Boston to face Jeff Green's Celtics. Green, along with Nenad Krstic, was traded from Oklahoma City to the Celtics for Kendrick Perkins at the trade deadline last week. For the Suns this is not a good thing for tonight's game as Perkins never had a big impact in this match-up while Green has been a guy who's hurt the Suns.

It will be interesting to see how the Celtics are using Green in their system. In his first two games he only played 19 minutes and averaged six points.

The Suns beat the Celtics in Phoenix a few weeks ago in a game that was marred by Kevin Garnett's repeated cheap-shots to Channing Frye (video below). Frye has been killing it since that game so don't be surprised if KG takes things up another notch and tries to take out the hot shooter with something even harder and a pipe.

The game tips at 5:30 p.m. local time on My45 TV and will be broadcast on Sports 620 radio. Fans can follow along during the game with other Suns fans at the live game thread at Bright Side of the Sun.

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