The Phoenix Suns just couldn't get their mojo going, and the Miami Heat did what Charlotte and Orlando had already done this year: get a big win in Phoenix to break a losing streak.

First it was Charlotte breaking a losing streak and coming in with lots of injuries, but they won in Phoenix anyway. Then it was Orlando, coming in after a bad loss on the road to surprise the Suns with a big win. Now, it's the Miami Heat taking a win in Phoenix, 103-97, behind 34 points from Chris Bosh in a slogfest that was ugly to watch.

The script that didn't need any writing, just a copy machine. The Phoenix Suns dropped to 12-11 on the season with a lackadaisical loss to the Heat that was as painful to watch as the final score might suggest.

First quarter

The Suns started the game like they were only a few hours removed from their most depressing loss of the season. Slogging through the mud.

Two Keef jumpers, three missed threes and two turnovers later, the Suns were down 9-2 when Hornacek called timeout. The out-of-timeout call was a post-up by Bledsoe, but he walked.

Finally, the Suns woke up a bit with a Plum slam and a couple wide open threes by Dragic and Keef, who is now a big time threat from three.

But Chris Bosh started 4-4 on layups against Plumlee, then Len came in contested three straight drive to the rim and changed the momentum in the Suns favor.

By the end of the quarter, the Suns had sleepwalked to only a three point deficit thanks to some active defense by Len and a cameo by Tyler Ennis.

Second quarter

Tyler Ennis started the quarter with a nice pick and roll to Marcus Morris for a jumper, and the Suns scored 6 straight points overall with Len (21) and Ennis (20) on the floor with Tolliver, Green and Mook.

Anthony Tolliver seems to have found his three-point stroke, making his first attempt of the night and playing active defense.

The backup Suns played the backup Heat fairly well until Dwyane Wade came back in for some quick scores and the Suns responded with Bledsoe and soon all the starters followed.

Just before being subbed out, Len got his ankle rolled up on and came up with a limp. Still, he's probably playing better with a limp than a healthy Plumlee.

By midquarter, the Heat started posting up Dragic with Wade like many Suns opponents lately. On the first, Dragic contested the shot enough to get the turnover, then committed a foul, then got some great help from Plumlee on a faceplant block.

Someone got a gif of that Plumlee block?

The Suns kept the lead the rest of the half partially thanks to Plumlee's hustle and partially thanks to the Miami Heat really not playing very well.

Still the Suns only had a 5-point lead at half, 51-46.

Chris Bosh had 10 points, 5 rebounds at the half for the Heat.

Markieff Morris had 10 points, 2 rebounds and Marcus had 11 with 4 rebounds to lead the Suns.

Third quarter

Chris Bosh started the second half with 5 quick points on a jumper and a three, while the Suns had a lazy turnover in between. Hornacek called a TO within 54 seconds.

The Heat slogged down the game and the tired Suns complied, allowing the quarter to drag along at a snail's pace. By the end of the third, the Heat had a 1-point lead behind Bosh's offensive onslaught of 14 points.

No other highlights to discuss in this quarter. Goran Dragic helped keep the Suns close with 8 points.

Fourth quarter

The Heat started with energy and threatened to stretch the lead but Alex Len blocked a Haslem shot and the Suns started raining threes down (Tolliver, Mook and two for Green) to give the Suns a 4-point lead with 8:49 left.

Somehow, the Heat cannot get it into their heads that Gerald Green loves the pullup three from the angle. Green was 4-5 on threes by this point in the game, every one of them needed by the Suns badly.

Let me be straight, for those not watching the game: it was ugly and slow all night long. The Heat play at the league's second-slowest pace, and the Suns were dog tired from getting in at 3:00am after that slugfest in LA.

The Suns just had to find a way to pull this out. It wasn't going to come easy. The Heat took the lead a minute later and the Suns looked scuffly again.

The only thing keeping the Suns alive is making 14-of-29 threes to this point.

The Heat just kept slowing the game down more and more, and the Suns couldn't stop them. And they couldn't get themselves playing fast either.

Then Chris Bosh went on a personal 7-0 run and the Heat scored on every possession down the stretch. Even continued threes from the Suns couldn't close the gap because the Heat just kept making their own.

And when they missed (Wade) they didn't grab the rebound. Wade grabbed his own rebound on the bounce and walked into a layup to put the Heat up 5 with 33 seconds left.

Suns doing Suns things.

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The Phoenix Suns have to find a way to use their losses to the Clippers and Rockets as motivation to get even better. Tonight, they get a chance to get back in the win column against the Miami Heat.

Tonight the Phoenix Suns face the LeBron-less Miami HEAT (7:00 pm AZ time on FoxSports Arizona (TV) and ArizonaSports 98.7 (radio)).

The Suns will play their fourth game in five nights, the prior three games being big battles in the attempt to establish the ability to beat playoff-caliber teams on the road. Unfortunately, the Suns came up short two out of three times.

Last night, the Suns lost to the Clippers in overtime on a rim-busting three-pointer by Blake Griffin that was so off it was good. Griffin couldn't believe it went in. No one could. But it did. And that's that.

The Suns must pick themselves up off the floor and beat the beatable teams this week - first Miami on Tuesday night and then Detroit on Friday. Neither game will be easy, but the Suns cannot make excuses. There's no excuse for lack of effort this week at home.


Miami is struggling this year, losers of four straight and five of six. Their offense has topped 100 points just twice since November 9 and both of those were losses. But their offense is better than their defense, which is ranked 26th in the NBA in points per possession allowed.

Where Miami remains relevant is slowing down the pace of the game (29th in pace), and we all know the Suns have trouble playing teams who play a really slow pace. The Suns like to get out and run, and Miami tries very hard to limit those opportunities.

The HEAT are led by the remaining two of the Big Three. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade both average over 21 points per game. Mario Chalmers is now their third best player, averaging a career high in points (13.8) and steals (1.8 per game) on just one more minute per game than last year. Chalmers had a really good scoring run when Wade was out, but has been up and down since. What a difference a Bron makes.

Their big offseason acquisitions have been disappointing so far. Luol Deng is providing just 13.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while Josh McRoberts is even worse: 3.9 points, 2.6 rebounds in 16 games.

Old Suns player Shannon Brown has been coming off the pine lately, playing the HEAT's last three games including a 36-minute run against Orlando where he scored 7 points.

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The Suns

Oh. My. God. Gut wrenching.

Eric Bledsoe celebrated his last night as a 24 year old by trying everything he could to beat his old team, the Clippers: 27 points, career-high 16 assists, 11 rebounds, first ever triple double, 2 steals and 2 blocks. He was all over the place, but he couldn't do it all.

Wish Eric a Happy Birthday today!

Alex Len had 14 and 7 off the bench, and just when we all started wondering when he would make the starting lineup he went out and rookie'd the fourth quarter, getting stuffed multiple times and failing to secure any more rebounds. He's just 21 folks, same age as Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein. He's going to get better and better.

Markieff Morris made his last two three-point attempts to put the Suns up by 4 with 30 seconds to go in overtime, a margin that should have been good enough to win. This Suns team could be devastating again if Morris could hit those consistently this season.

But then P.J. Tucker got tied up on the ensuing rebound. Then the Suns lost the tip, it bouncing off three players into J.J. Redick's lap for a quick layup. Then the Suns air balled a shot at the buzzer, allowing for a shot-clock turnover. Then Gerald Green and Jeff Hornacek didn't call timeout when they might have been able to. Then Blake Griffin happened. But it wouldn't have happened if the Suns could have done one more positive thing in that last 30 seconds.

Moving on.

Last year's Suns-HEAT series

Any games against the HEAT the last four years don't count. This isn't the same HEAT team, by a long shot.

How they compare


Key Matchup

After the Clipper game on Monday night, the key matchup for the Suns is going to be their ability to come back from that loss. That was a horrible, awful loss that probably kept every player up all night pissed about it.

Now, with their fourth game in five nights, will the Suns have anything left?

Out on a limb

I'm guessing Isaiah Thomas makes his return tonight and gives the tired Suns a much-needed shot in the arm.

Final Prediction

Suns win this one going away. They need some good vibrations after such a frustrating road trip.

Pull the trigger from 19, Miles.

P.J. Tucker has replaced Marcus Morris in the starting lineup for the Suns. Paul Coro says to get used to it.

Perhaps it's due to that "jolt of intensity" that Tucker brings.

Isaiah Thomas missed Monday's game against the Clippers, his seventh straight, with a right ankle injury.

Phoenix GM Ryan McDonough is pleased with the production the Suns are getting from Miles Plumlee and Alex Len.

Maybe it's the perimeter shot Plumlee has added. After all, he is the best from 15-19 feet on the team. Well, as of December 2nd.

Here's 7 things thinks you don't know about the start of the 2014-15 season. You're pretty smart though, you may already know some of this stuff.

Who wins? Another look at the post-practice dunk contest between Gerald Green and Archie Goodwin.

Goran Dragic is adjusting to his new role with the team, but is still happy in Phoenix.

"They don't play like that. They're so unique. They do have three point guards or three shooting guards, whatever you want to call them. They want to score. It's not like they're running a point guard-oriented offense where one guy is coming down and directing everybody. They're playing at a pace and spreading the floor. I think that's a little easier." Doc Rivers is a fan of what the Suns are doing.

Tim Koors, a photographer for 28 years with The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette, passed away last week at 58. Koors regularly covered the Phoenix Suns.

Phoenix players and alumni will be participating in the "Season of Giving" campaign that extends through December 23rd. The campaign is comprised of community events and philanthropic initiatives.

The NBA's best and worst "big threes" for your dollar according to Forbes. They think highly of the Suns over there at Forbes.

"There's a reason [police] racially profile us at times. Sometimes it's wrong, sometimes it's right, [but] to sit there and act like we hold no responsibility for some of this stuff, that's disingenuous." Charles Barkley weighs in on the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Random power ranking!

In 2015 Draft Watch News: "If this was the Titanic, I'd go down with that s---," [Kobe Bryant] said of the 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers. "I'm not jumping off."

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