Monday, March 20, 2023

Ayton extolls Suns’ growth in Booker’s return


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DeAndre Ayton sealed a double-double of 35 points and 15 rebounds on Tuesday and continued the development of Phoenix Sunssucceeded for 116-112 in the field of Brooklyn Nets In turn, 21 games later, Devin Booker K. The Suns celebrated their third consecutive win after field victories over the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons and overcame another exceptional night from Cam Thomas, who scored his third consecutive game of over forty points in the Nets. Thomas, at age 21 and in his second season in the NBA, became Youngest to chase three games with forty plus points, Phoenix is ​​now fifth in the West (30–26), while the Nets are fifth in the East (32–22).

Cam Thomas, Record

He signed 44 against the Washington Wizards, 47 against the Los Angeles Lakers and 43 against the Suns this Tuesday. Only Allen Iverson achieved such a feat before the age of 22, but not as much as Thomas. His performance has skyrocketed in recent days following the departure of Kyrie Irving, signed by the Dallas Mavericks, during a period in which Jack Vaughn’s team could not count on Kevin Durant due to knee problems. However, his strong performance earned the Nets only one win against the Wizards before home losses to the Clippers and Suns. Phoenix notched their ninth win in the last eleven games and extended their positive moments on a night in which Devin Booker returned to the court with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.

Booker bounces back with 19 points

The Suns’ leader had not played since the last day of Christmas, when he faced his groin problems in a game his team lost against the Denver Nuggets. Since then, Monty Williams’ team has experienced a very tough time with two wins in their first eleven games, before sealing nine out of eleven. Ayton led the Suns with his fifth double-double in the last seven games, on a night in which the 2021 finalists fought to the bitter end to topple the Nets.

After a balanced first two quarters, with a maximum advantage of seven points, the Suns took ten points early in the third section, but a 12–0 run by the Nets put the locals ahead again. To the rhythm of the dominant and supported ayton in painting A Chris Paul who crossed the 2,500 steals mark in his career (3rd record in history)The Suns ran away again in the fourth period and took a thirteen-point lead at 96–83.

net return diminishes

It looked to be a sentence for the Nets, but Vaughn’s team, along with the brilliant Cam Thomas, a basket hero of very high level of difficulty, did not stop believing and an 8-1 run in the final stretch saw them come back allowed they were within a point. They did it on two free kicks from Cam Thomas to make it 111–112, after Booker, an 85% free shooter, missed both of his attempts. With 6.7 seconds left, the Nets sent Chris Paul to the free throw line, but the veteran didn’t falter and made both of his shots to go along with 12 assists to his 9 points. The Suns gambled to commit a foul and prevent the Nets from attempting a potential tying triple, and after Thomas scored the first free kick, intentionally missed the second in an attempt to gain possession and force overtime. That’s when Ayton grabbed the defensive rebound that actually gave the Suns the win.

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