Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics: Live Score and Analysis

Matthew SchmidtFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2014

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 19: Goran Dragic
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It wasn't easy, but thanks to 20 points from Goran Dragic, the Phoenix Suns prevailed over the Boston Celtics on Friday night, picking up a huge 87-80 win and keeping pace in the Western Conference playoff picture.

The Suns got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter. The Celtics battled back, though, and by halftime, it was a two-point game.

Boston continued to hang around through the third period, and early on in the fourth, it took a five-point lead.

Phoenix then scratched and clawed its way to a victory despite shooting just 42.5 percent from the floor and misfiring on 21 of their 26 three-point attempts.

The C's were absolutely miserable offensively, shooting 30.9 percent. Nineteen offensive rebounds kept them in the game, though, with Kelly Olynyk grabbing five offensive boards off the bench.

Only two Celtics players scored in double figures, with Kris Humphries and Chris Johnson each scoring 11.

Eric Bledsoe added 17 for the Suns, who snapped a three-game losing streak with the win.

P.J. Tucker registered a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Rookie Alex Len made the biggest play of the game, however, tipping in a Bledsoe miss and drawing a foul for a three-point play with 54.1 seconds remaining. That gave the Suns an 83-80 lead, and from then on, Boston didn't score again.