March 17, 2010
Mike D'Antoni might be gone, Steve Nash(notes) might be old, and Amar'e Stoudemire(notes) might wear glasses when he plays, but the Phoenix Suns are still really good at scoring baskets. They lead the league in points scored, points per game, and points per 100 possessions. Basically any way you look at scoring, the Suns are the leaders.
Tuesday night against the Timberwolves they added juuuuust a little to that bloated point total — 152 points. In 48 minutes. That's more than three points a minute, and that's the most in a game this season. It's also a crazy, bonkers, insane amount of points.
How'd they do it? 56 percent shooting, 15 made three-pointers, and as Kurt Rambis so eloquently put it: "Well, that's certainly what happens when you don't play any defense." Bingo.
Not playing defense has been a pretty big theme in Minnesota. In fact, this is the second time this season that the team has broken their franchise record for points allowed in a single game. The first was against the Warriors in November when they gave up 146 points. That's not a record you want to break too often.
All five Suns starters reached double figures, and three bench players joined in the double-digit fun. Every single Sun scored at least four points, except Jarron Collins(notes) who has a tendency to make the Suns "other brother" experiment look silly.
The 152 point outburst is the most for the Suns in a year and a day. Last Mar. 15, the team scored 154 in a win against Golden State. Beware the Ides of March, I guess.