PHOENIX In one of their most effective work shifts of the season, the Phoenix Suns accumulated 99 points Friday night at U.S. Airways Center.
To outscore the Utah Jazz by 15, they produced 48 points in the paint and 19 points on the end of fast breaks. While winning for the second game in a row and ending Utah's winning streak at four, the Suns (9-15) also managed an equally-modest 13 second-chance points.
But let's not even bother attempting to count the style points. The NBA doesn't officially list those (not yet, at least) and for this team they fail to matter.
For this season's circumstance-dictated collective, the aesthetic capacity doesn't seem to jibe with its success potential. The Suns just aren't pretty enough to win in wow fashion.
And that's just fine, especially when Coach Alvin Gentry can count on grinders such as Jared Dudley, P.J. Tucker and Jermaine O'Neal to remain competitive.
"You know, we earned it," Dudley, referring to the total team result, said. "Tha...