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National Basketball Association
Phoenix at Toronto
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 29, 2015
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The Phoenix Suns are in a tough spot, losers of four straight and beginning their longest road trip of the season against one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference. The Suns begin the voyage Sunday night at Toronto, which has won four in a row and is coming off perhaps its most dramatic victory of the season.

Opponents have produced an average of 118.8 points during Phoenix's four-game slide, which includes a 135-116 loss to Golden State on Friday in which the Warriors shot 56.8 percent and hit 22 3-pointers, both highs against the Suns this season. "We just need to refocus on our defense," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters. "I think our guys have gotten to the point where they’re just trying to score and not worrying about the other end, and we've given up a lot of points during this stretch." Cory Joseph's buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted the Raptors to a dramatic 84-82 win in Washington on Saturday. Toronto rallied from eight points down in the final three-plus minutes to claim their third straight road victory.

TV: 6 p.m. ET, FSN Arizona (Phoenix), Sportsnet (Toronto)

ABOUT THE SUNS (7-9): The loss to the Warriors was made more painful by the departure of center Tyson Chandler, who suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter and did not return. Alex Len figures to get his second start of the season if Chandler is unable to go, and the third-year big man has been a factor when things are going well for the Suns. Len is averaging 7.6 points on 47.7 percent shooting in Phoenix's seven wins, compared to 3.1 points with a 40 percent mark from the floor in its nine losses.

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (11-6): The Suns' inability to defend the perimeter could bode well for Toronto, which hit 11-of-24 3-pointers Saturday, led by Kyle Lowry's 6-of-11 effort. Lowry has scored at least 20 points in nine of his last 10 games and has 27 in back-to-back games. Fellow star guard DeMar DeRozan has recorded three straight 20-point games of his own but has not made more than 50 percent of his shots in any of his last 14 games.


1. Phoenix PG Eric Bledsoe is averaging 25.6 points on the road.

2. DeRozan has averaged 14.8 points in 10 games against Phoenix, his lowest average against all but two other NBA teams.

3. The Suns are 26-11 all-time against the Raptors, including 12-6 in Toronto.

PREDICTION: Raptors 101, Suns 94
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Phoenix 7-9 L4 5-5 2-4 0-1 7-8 3-2 7-7
Toronto 11-6 W4 4-1 7-5 1-0 10-6 2-1 6-3
Last Meeting
Phoenix Toronto
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/4/15 TOR 109 PHO 125 125 41 53.9 109 43 45.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Phoenix E. Bledsoe 20 58.3 5
Toronto J. Valanciunas 21 64.3 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Phoenix M. Plumlee 7 2 5
Toronto J. Valanciunas 10 3 7
Assists Player  
Phoenix E. Bledsoe 8
Toronto K. Lowry 7
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Phoenix B. Knight 413 43.5 57
Toronto K. Lowry 466 44.2 120
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Phoenix T. Chandler 150 46 104
Toronto B. Biyombo 175 53 122
Assists Player  
Phoenix B. Knight 113
Toronto K. Lowry 131
Quickchart Matchup
Phoenix Off vs  Toronto Defense
106.2 Points For
95.8 Points Against
44.7 FG%
42.8 FG%
45.4 Reb
40.4 Reb
Toronto Off vs  Phoenix Defense
100.1 Points For
105.4 Points Against
43.6 FG%
46.8 FG%
40.4 Reb
43.5 Reb