The Phoenix Suns never trailed en route to their 12th consecutive win, a 126-97 home blowout of the Denver Nuggets, on Sunday, November 21 (Monday, November 22, Manila time).
Cameron Johnson led all scorers with 22 points coming off the Suns’ bench. Deandre Ayton led the Phoenix starters with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting to go with 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
Devin Booker added 17 points and 7 assists, Jae Crowder scored 15 points, and Chris Paul finished with 9 points and 10 assists. Cameron Payne and JaVale McGee scored 10 points each.
The Suns pushed the longest winning streak in the NBA and the franchise’s best run since winning 17 straight in 2006-07 to 12 games.
The loss marked four straight for the Nuggets, and the third during the skid by a double-digit-point margin.
Jeff Green led Denver with 19 points. Aaron Gordon posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, JaMychal Green added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Will Barton, Monte Morris and Austin Rivers each scored 10 points.
The Suns set the tone early, closing out a 48-point first quarter on a 15-3 run.
Phoenix’s burst to close the opening period extended its lead to 20 points. The Suns held a double-digit-point cushion for most of the rest of the game.
Denver, playing without reigning Most Valuable Player Nikola Jokic for the second consecutive game due to a sprained wrist, cut the gap to 9 points midway through the third quarter.
Phoenix responded with a 17-4 run to close out the period. The Suns extended their advantage to as many as 30 points behind a balanced scoring effort.
The Suns scored as many field goals off assists (33) as total field goals they yielded to Denver. The Nuggets shot just 33-of-90, while Phoenix went 46-of-87. – Rappler.com