First it was the Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic show. Then for a little bit the Alex Len show. Then Gerald Green said hello, dominated the fourth, dropped the mic and walked out with a Suns win.

The Phoenix Suns came out running hard and the Denver Nuggets stayed with them for three quarters.

And then GERALD GREEN happened. Dunks. Threes. It was a thing of beauty.

And then the game was over, despite there being 6 minutes left.

Suns highlights:

  • Markieff Morris: 15 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals
  • Correction: Markieff Morris 15 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 blocks, 3 steals DAMN!
  • Eric Bledsoe: 21 points, 10 assists, 3 steals
  • Goran Dragic: 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
  • But Gerald Green was the player of the game: 24 points in the most spectacular fashion possible!
Post game, Goran Dragic said Green is "like a video game". Huge smiles all around.

Enjoy this one, Suns fans. Please. Just for a night, be happy and don't throw anyone under the bus.


First quarter

Isaiah Thomas sat out the game with a twisted ankle, hurt on that "offensive foul" on Monday night that partially cost the Suns the game against Toronto. Hornacek said the minutes would go to Dragic, Bledsoe and Green.

Good decision!

The game started with Bledsoe letting Faried get the tipped ball, but then Bledsoe calmly took it back. The Suns got out to a 5-0 lead but then the Nuggets began following their own shots for putbacks, then Afflalo put Goran's nuts on the chopping block while making a turnaround, then sank a three and got four points on their next possession on a fast break slam, foul and tech. Suns down 14-9 quickly.

The Suns came to tie it on a couple of nice shots by Bledsoe, Kieff and Marcus Morris (a three) around a Mozgov third-chance jumper on the baseline.

The Nuggets scored the next six points on nice plays to Afflalo (post up), Chandler (FB) and lob to Mozgov in the half court. But then the Suns went on a run of their own.

Fast game, men and women. Fast game.

And then it was the Alex Len show! First a pick-and-roll dunk and-1. Then an FB dunk. Then a drive, finish and-1. LEN! The Nuggets only stayed close on a couple of threes.

The runs were crazy: Suns up 5-0, then 7-7, then Nuggets 14-9, then 16-16, then Nuggets 22-16, then 24-24, then Suns 34-30 at the end of the quarter.

Second Quarter

The second quarter started just as fast as the first. The Suns got bailed out by a Gerald Green three on a bad possession after Len had a great block on Nate Robinson in the lane.

The Suns ran out to a 39-33 lead but then the Nuggets came right back on Suns miscues. First, the Suns scored on themselves on a missed rebound, then Alex Len tried (and failed) to run the break on a turnover.

At one point Dragic and Robinson began going at each other with Nate getting most of the calls but Dragic finishing most of the shots.

After 15 minutes, Markieff Morris quietly had 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists. While we were all looking the Slash Bros and Alex Len.

The Suns had a nice lead 50-45 but then the Nuggets went on a run to take a 55-53 lead on a three by Afflalo (who drew the foul but missed the shot).

The Suns had been doing well defensively this past week, but the Nuggets ran all over their transition defense for 64 points before intermission. Ty Lawson had 5 points and 8 assists by halftime. That's pretty good.

The Suns barely kept up, tied at 64-64 at halftime.

For the Nuggets, Arron Afflalo had 14 points at halftime on 7 shots and Ty Lawson had 8 assists.

For the Suns, Eric Bledsoe had 14 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. Alex Len had 10 points, 3 rebounds (vs. Mozgov's 10 and 7). The Dragon had 8 points, 2 rebounds and an assist. And Markieff Morris had the 9, 3 and 3. The Suns only went 8 players deep, with Isaiah Thomas out.

Third Quarter

The Suns started well but the Nuggets weren't going away. They kept up the pace (might there be 150 possessions each tonight?) and kept runnin.

Markieff Morris is so dangerous. Catches the ball on the high post and waits as guys cut through the lane. He passes or drives for open shot. On one possession, it was a nice interior pass to Marcus for a short jumper. On the next, it was his own drive for a short jumper.

Oh, and the Slash Brothers were slashing. Time after time, driving down together on the fast break.

Suns at one point built a 10-point lead as the Nuggets looked to be tiring out (78-68). The Nuggets cut it to 6, but then the Suns kept it up to 10.

And then Bright Side got what it wanted all week. ALL THE MINUTES FOR GORAN. F Thomas (out with ankle). F Bledsoe (out with hip). You got it. Right back to February 2014 all over again. FEEL THE EUPHORIA!

Wait. What's that? They were a .500 ball club with just Goran in the back court? Gasp.

The Suns promptly fell apart and the Nuggets pulled back to within three before the Suns finally a got clean look (Green for three) and then another that wasn't clean but still went in (GREEN).

Suns up 93-86 despite Nuggets getting 41 free throws by the end of the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

Bledsoe came back (PHEW! Just kidding Suns fans - I know you love Eric!) and the Suns promptly got the lead back to 10. The Nuggets keep going to that rim, tho.

But the Suns were out for blood, especially Gerald Green.

That inbounds dunk. Those high floating threes that somehow look like they are coming down hill from how high he jumps, to an alley-oop dunk in the half court, to another THREE!

Holy crap its the GERALD SHOW! Someone please put together a montage for us. This is UNREAL.

Suns by 16.

The rest is just filler.

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Both the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets are on warm (not hot) streaks as they face each other to start a home-and-home series around the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tonight the Phoenix Suns face the Denver Nuggets (7:00 pm AZ time on FoxSports Arizona (TV) and ArizonaSports 98.7 (radio)) in a game featuring two teams outside the Western Conference playoff race despite winning 9 of their last 10 games collectively.

The Nuggets have won five straight games and the Suns have won four of their last five, but neither team would be in the playoffs if they started today. On the year, the Nuggets are only 7-7 while the Suns 9-6 record isn't good enough to be in the West elite.

Still, the Suns 9-6 start is their best since 2009 when they started 12-3 in the first 15 games of their last playoff season. With 3 of their next 4 at home, the Suns have a chance to build on their hot start before the schedule gets tougher.

The Nuggets

With a five-game winning streak, you might think the Denver Nuggets have righted their ship and are on the verge of a long-awaited playoff-type season.

The Nuggets five wins are against the Cavaliers (join the club!), OKC Thunder (join the club!), Pelicans (that's a good one), Lakers (meh) and last night against the Rose-less Chicago Bulls. But hey, that's a tougher sked than the Suns have faced in winning four of five, so hat's off to the Nugs.

The key for the Nuggets is defense. When they lost six straight games earlier this month, they gave up 102+ points in each game with two of them at 130+. In their five game winning streak, they surrendered 100 or less in four of them. Last night, they gave up 109 to the Rose-less Bulls but scored 114 of their own to win the game.

The Suns

P.J. Tucker could be this year's Channing Frye. Yep, I said it. It makes no sense, but I said it anyway.

Somewhere along the Suns 6-game road trip, P.J. suddenly appeared as the pick man in the high pick-and-roll where he's the one curling out of it to the top of the arc awaiting the kick-out pass while the point guard is sizing up the D. He's made at least four catch-and-shoot threes from that play in the last two games and looks comfortable enough to become a regular.

The pick-and-pop partner is a must-have in the Suns' offense. It's the perfect antidote to the NBA's favorite ICE defense against the traditional pick and roll that all teams use to prevent the roll and/or drive to the basket. The Suns perfected it last year with Frye, but have struggled with Markieff Morris passing up too many shots and Anthony Tolliver never finding his rhythm or range.

P.J.'s ability to set a good screen (check), roll out to the three-point line (check) and catch-and-shoot in rhythm (check, so far), might just earn him his starting spot back in the lineup and save Goran Dragic's season all at once.

Last year's Suns-Nuggets series

The Phoenix Suns had Denver's number all last year, sweeping them cleanly in four straight. But that doesn't necessarily mean anything. The awful 2012-13 Suns had Memphis' number, but the more-talented 2013-14 Suns were awful against the Grizz.

Can the Suns reprise their record against the Nuggets this season? On the plus side, the Nuggets still have Brian Shaw as their coach, a guy who just doesn't know how to make the most of his roster. They are a run-n-gun roster with a defense-oriented coach. The Suns' pace is so enticing that the Nuggets players fall into the trap of running and just can't keep up.

The Stats

The (potential) Lineups

The Key Matchup

While the PG matchup (Ty Lawson vs. the Hydra) will be fun to watch, the biggest worry for me is Danilo Gallinari. He's been pretty bad this season so far for the Nuggets, but his ability to catch-and-shoot threes can kill the Suns. Gallinari was their best player in the preseason matchup in October, and if he's their best player tonight the Suns are in trouble.

Out on a limb

At some point in this young season, last year's scoring leader Goran Dragic will lead the team in scoring. My guess is tonight. After Dragic deferred to IT and Bledsoe on Monday, expect Hornacek to reward him with big minutes tonight against Denver. I see Dragic having 20+ and 6+ assists for the first time all season. Boom.

Final Prediction

The score will be high, and the Suns will win this one handily.

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