Suns Stay Hot

Jake Gonzales, Staff Writer

Since their loss to the Kings on October 27th, The Phoenix Suns have rattled off 17 wins in a row. On Tuesday that streak faced a tough test, as they had a matchup against the 18-2 Golden State Warriors. But in a game where star guard Devin Booker left with an injury, the Suns defeated them by a final score of 104-96. 

This win really emphasizes the Suns identity as a team. With Booker leaving early in the game, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton had to step up and they did. Ayton had maybe his best game of the season, scoring 24 points and pulling down an additional 11 boards. CP added 15 points as well as 11 assists and five important steals. Cam Johnson and Jae Crowder did their usual thing, playing tough defense while shooting the ball effectively from beyond the three-point line.

But the best performance may have come from Mikal Bridges. The Sun’s best defensive wing did nothing to “wow” you offensively, only compiling two points and three assists. But defensively he made his presence felt. Having the assignment of guarding Warriors Superstar Steph Curry 1 on 1 is a challenge that most players in the league would fail at. But it was a different story for Bridges, as he held Curry to one of the worst shooting performances of his career. Curry finished with a final stat line of only 12 points shooting 4-21 from the field and 3-14 from three.

This win was one of the many impressive performances during this long win streak. Wins over top teams like Nets, Knicks, Nuggets, and Mavericks. This team has been one of the league’s best for the past two seasons and looks to be on their way to another deep playoff run.