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PHOENIX — Phoenix was flying high after a blowout win over Indiana.
Then the Washington Wizards came to town and brought down the Suns with a thud.
“I knew that eventually the ball was going to come my way and I just stayed ready,” Beal said. “I wasn’t making too many shots throughout the game, but I just stayed with it and stayed confident.”
Goran Dragic had 19 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who had handed the Pacers their worst loss of the season, a 24-point blowout on Wednesday night.
“We can’t play that way,” Frye said. “Too many turnovers and terrible defense.”
After making 11 of 16 3-pointers against Indiana, the Suns were 7 of 22 against Washington, just 1 of 12 in the second half.
Washington, which pulled back to .500 with the win, outrebounded Phoenix 44-30, including 19-9 on the offensive boards. After nine turnovers against Indiana, Phoenix had 21 on Friday.
“There was a bunch of things,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We had 21 turnovers. It’s been probably six or seven games since we have a big turnover night. Then the offensive rebounds — they got 19 of them. So all that stuff adds up.”
The Suns rallied from an eight-point deficit late to tie it at 93 on Plumlee’s hook shot with 2:43 to go. But P.J. Tucker missed two free throws that would have given Phoenix the lead, then Beal made the go-ahead 3.
Nene made one of two free throws with 1:38 to go to boost the lead to 97-93, and Plumlee’s dunk on a pass from Dragic cut it to 97-95 with 41.9 seconds left. Beal’s 15-footer with 26.9 seconds remaining put Washington ahead 99-95, then after a pair of missed 3s by the Suns, his dunk ended it.
Frye said the Suns are mistaken to think that the win over Indiana was a big deal.
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