The Suns have been without many of their key players as the injuries continue to pile on, but fortunately for them, rookie Josh Jackson has shown no issue carrying the load offensively.
Heading into Friday night’s matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans, Jackson was already averaging 21.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2 steals in his last 11 games.
He had already tied Utah’s Donovan Mitchell for the longest streak scoring 15-plus points by a rookie this season. Jackson looked to pass Mitchell as the ball tipped-off at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
It was a rough first quarter for Jackson and the Suns as his shot just didn’t seem to be falling and the Pelicans took an early 39-21 lead into the break. Lucky for Jackson, there were three more quarters to be played.
The Suns battled back during third quarter and brought the game to within single digits. Jackson scored 16 points in just the second half as the rookie got back into his groove offensively.
Unfortunately, the playoff-hungry Pelicans wouldn’t let the game get any closer as they closed out the game 122-103. Even in the loss, Head Coach Jay Triano still liked the effort he received from his players.
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