PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns might be excused for their defensive lapses. They were putting most of their energy into a record-setting offensive display. The Suns achieved season highs in total points, points in a half and assists, and tied their single-game best for made 3-pointers in a 129-120 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night. Their first-half point total of 79 was the most in the NBA before halftime this season and two shy of a US Airways Center record for points in a half. The only cloudy spot for the Suns was that they allowed more than 100 points for the fifth straight game. This after they sank 15 3-pointers and dished out 29 assists in a blink-and-you-missed it kind of game where neither team paid any mind to the shot clock. "Both of our teams are hard to guard in terms of how we play. Kicking it up and quick shots, and the way that both teams have guards that can really penetrate," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "That breaks down defences when teams are good at passing the ball and shooting the ball. Sometimes there might look like there was zero defence out there, but Im sure the guys were trying." Gerald Green certainly was trying on offence. He hit 5 of 6 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 33 points. The previous high for Phoenix in any half this season was 67 points, but 63 per cent shooting, including 12 of 18 on 3-pointers in the first half, shattered the team mark. "We were making 2s and some 3s. They were making all 3s," Hawks guard Jeff Teague said. Goran Dragic added 19 points for the Suns, hearing the chants of "MVP" from the home crowd, and Marcus Morris had 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Twin brother Markieff added 21 points and eight rebounds. "Its two fast-paced teams going against each other," Green said. "We knew it was going to be like that, but I didnt know they were going to be running like that." Phoenix led by as many as 15 points late in the second quarter, even though Atlanta scored 65 first-half points, including 37 in the first quarter, the highest against the Suns in any first quarter this season. Teague had 29 points and eight assists for the Hawks, and Mike Scott added 20 points. "Its nothing we need to be super overly cautious about," Green said of the Suns defence, "but we do need to take a step back and kind of look and see what were doing wrong, especially in the first quarter." The second half saw slightly less scoring from both teams, but the Suns led 90-77 after Greens high-flying dunk over the Hawks Shelvin Mack with 7:21 left in the third quarter. The Suns lead was at 95-89 after Kyle Korver hit his fifth 3-pointer at the 3:54 mark, and down to 95-91 on a basket by Mack with 3:22 to play. Mack made it a one-point game with a layup to cap an 8-0 run, but the Suns scored seven of the last eight points of the third quarter to take a 102-95 lead into the fourth. Leandro Barbosa, playing his first game since missing the past five with a sprained toe, scored five key points in the fourth quarter to keep the Hawks at bay. The Suns never held less than a five-point lead in the quarter. A transition pass from Dragic to P.J. Tucker for a long jumper made the score 121-110 with 3:20 left in the game and essentially ended any chance for a Hawks comeback. "They shot the ball extremely well. They play with great pace, they put lot of pressure in your defence, make or miss," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Our transition defence wasnt good enough." The Hawks have lost 11 of their last 12 games. The Suns havent lost two straight games to the Hawks since the 1991-92 season. It took Korver less than two minutes to continue his NBA-record streak of at least one made 3-pointer in a game. His long-range shot at 10:29 of the first quarter gave him 127 straight games with a made three-ball. Korver made six of seven 3-pointers to finish with 18 points. NOTES: Newly acquired power forward Shavlik Randolph made his Suns debut Sunday. He played 10 minutes and scored two points off the bench. ... Hornacek said guard Eric Bledsoe, who is coming back from knee surgery earlier this season, looked good in 5-on-5 action in practice recently. Bledsoe hasnt played since Dec. 30. The Suns want Bledsoes conditioning to return to game level before allowing him to play, which could keep him out for another two weeks. ... Budenholzer is a native of Holbrook, Ariz., in northeastern Arizona, and had family and friends at Sundays game. ... Hawks F Paul Millsap missed his fourth straight game with a right knee contusion. ... C Mike Muscala, signed late last week, made his Hawks debut and played 19 minutes. He had four points, five rebounds and two blocked shots. LeBron James Jersey
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Phil Edwards The yet-to-be-knighted Clive Woodward had taken a scratch team to tackle all three of the southern hemispheres super-powers, on what would become known as the Tour from Hell.The first of four Tests, all ending in painful defeats, was in Brisbane. Most of the big names were missing, and a collection of players, some of whom werent even household names in their own households, crashed to a 76-0 defeat.I say most were relative unknowns, but there was a bloke making his first start for England that night you will have heard of; a fella by the name of Jonny Wilkinson. And you know what he managed to achieve five years later! Anyhow, Saturdays win exorcised a few demons. Wilkinson made his first start for England against Australia in Brisbane in 1998 Melbourne, city of sportNow the bandwagon has rolled on to Melbourne. By contrast, this is where England had their best day on the road against Australia, back in 2003. Criticised before the match for being negative and one-dimensional - some things never change - they ran riot and out-scored their hosts by three tries to one to record their first ever victory on Australian soil.If you are a sports fan (and you are or you wouldnt be reading this) then Melbourne has it all. There is the MCG for cricket and Aussie Rules football, the Melbourne Cup for racing types, the AAMI Stadium for both codes of rugby, the Rod Laver Arena for Grand Slam tennis, and the Australian Grand Prix circuit in Albert Park. Highlights of Englands 39-28 win over Australia in the first game of their three-Test series in Brisbane If you like your rowing and canoeing, theres the Yarra River and I dare say that if Tibetan Yak racing is your thing, theres probably an amateur club somewhere in the suburbs to cater for your every need. Its at the aforementioned AAMI stadium, home to the Melbourne Rebels, in which England and Australia will meet in the second Test.Thats the main act of the week of course, but as Im sure you are aware, there is also an on-going sub-plot. Various former Wallabies, one of them actually capped by Eddie Jones, have been chirping away in the local papers, and on the telly. England coach Eddie Jones says his side will come out swinging in their next game against Australia Theyve been helpfully pointing out Englands flaws, transgression and, before the first Test had been played, their general hopelessness.dddddddddddd Consequently, Fast Eddie has been playing both countries media like a violin. Actually, more like a demented fiddler after three double espressos.To start with he was apparently outraged by the comments hed read and seen. That was straight after the first Test. Two days later that infectious grin had returned and it was all just good old knock-about banter. We all know hes playing mind-games of the highest quality, but theyre simply too good to resist! Heartbreak and heart failureOne thing the England coach did remind us of is that Australia have never lost the second Test of a three match series. As a punter who paid his way to watch the Lions series with some mates back in 2001, I remember all too well the heartache of the second Test.That was here in Melbourne in the indoor Etihad Stadium. One loose pass from Jonny Wilkinson that night, and Joe Roff pounced to score a game-changing try, followed by another shortly afterwards. Summer tours on Sky How and where to watch the summer Tests on Sky Sports Twelve years later at the same venue, it wasnt so much heart-break, as near heart-failure as the Wallabies edged a desperately tense match by a single point.This time, you feel that England have the upper hand at both the lineout and the scrum. They also seem to have the measure of the Wallabies at the breakdown.Owen Farrell is in the form of his life and never looks like missing from the kicking tee, and Maro Itoje has to refer to a dictionary to find out what losing means because hes forgotten. Owen Farrell picked up 24 points for England as they beat Australia 28-39 in Brisbane Having said all that, the Aussies are still as dangerous out wide as all their snakes and creepy-crawlies combined.And in Isreal Folau they have a player who can turn a match on its head in seconds. They are in must-win territory and about as desperate as men can get. Saturday should be an absolute ripper, as they say in these parts. Also See: England will come out swinging Phipps: England are nastier England treatment demeaning WATCH: Barnes down under Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping
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