Welcome Goran Dragic and the Phoenix Suns to “Pass of the Night.” This is the inaugural appearance for both parties in the feature.
Last night, the Suns traveled to South Beach to take on LeBron James and the Miami Heat. The Suns hung with the defending champs for as long as they could, but the Heat eventually pulled away, claiming a 102-97 victory.
After jumping out to a 5-2 start, the Suns have now fallen to 7-7 with last night’s loss. The mark, however, is still much better than most people expected of the bunch. If they were in the Eastern Conference, they would have the fourth best record, but alas, the Western Conference is loaded and they find themselves a half-game out of the playoff picture.
The Heat last night were led once again, by LeBron James, who finished with 35 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Suns, meanwhile were led – in defeat – by their point guard, Goran Dragic, who almost completed a triple-double, scoring 14 points, grabbing 8 rebounds, and dishing out 9 assists.
One of those nine assists – which came early in the first quarter – was good enough to be named the “Pass of the Night.”
Dragic was controlling the ball up top, waiting for Miles Plumlee to arrive with a screen. Chris Bosh, however, sees the screen coming and hedges very early, and very high. This prevents Dragic from attempting to drive to the basket, but it also leaves Plumlee unguarded. Plumlee rolls through the lane, where Dragic is able to find him with a bullet of a pass that gets there just in time.
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