Houston jumped out to a 30-19 first quarter lead against Phoenix on Sunday.
The Suns turned the ball over 6 times and were bullied on the boards 16-8 in the first quarter. Phoenix played catch up the rest of the game. Alex Len did not dress for the Suns who were again plagued by generally sloppy play early.
Per usual, T.J. Warren did T.J. Warren things. A day after a 20 point effort against Washington, Warren scored 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting. His 30 minutes of playing time were the most of any Sun.
Archie Goodwin again struggled handling the ball early, but played significantly better in the second half he finished with 20 points on 6 of 10 shooting and led the team with 6 rebounds.
Devin Booker had a rough afternoon. Suns fans have to wait for the dazzling shooting performance that I'm sure we will see on Tuesday. Booker connected on just 2 of his 12 shot attempts including 0 of 4 from behind the arc.
A bright spot for the Suns on Sunday was the contribution of Justin Harper. In 8 first half minutes of play, Harper managed 9 points on 4 of 6 shooting and 4 rebounds. He would play a total of 17 minutes. Harper provided a much needed shot in the arm for a Suns team that struggled to find its footing in the first half.
Houston got 21 points from D.J. Kennedy and another 20 from Glen Rice Jr. Six Rockets scored in double figures. Montrezl Harrell and Alan Williams led the Rockets with 8 rebounds a piece.
The Summer Suns are back in action on Tuesday at the Thomas and Mack Center for a 4:30p PT matchup with the Utah Jazz.