Ayton’s Best Game Helps Suns Dominate Paint
The Phoenix Suns improved to 45-10, the best record in the NBA, after a 131-107 win over the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night. The Suns have the best record despite their starting center Deandre Ayton missing 21 games. Ayton had his best game of the season for Phoenix with 27 points. His presence helped the Suns win points in the paint 68-50. Many of his points came from Chris Paul, who had 19 assists. Paul’s total was more than Milwaukee had as a team. Its the 11th time Paul has had more assists than the opposing team.
Overall the Suns assisted on almost 70 percent of their field goals, 35 of 51. Phoenix only turned the ball over eight times. Great ball movement led the Suns to shoot 56.7. Ayton led the way shooting 12/14. The Suns strong game in the paint enabled the Suns to overcome 9/30 three point shooting.
Suns Depth Shows Up As Paul, Booker Struggle From Field
In addition to Ayton Mikal Bridges had another strong game as well with 18 on 7-11 shooting. Cameron Johnson’s 15 also helped the Suns overcome Devin Booker and Paul’s combined 11-30 from the field. Both Paul and Booker had 17. Javale McGee continued to show how valuable he is for the Suns with 12 and 6 rebounds. Johnson and Jae Crowder tied for the team lead with 8 rebounds apiece. Crowder also had 10 points.
Giannis Streak of 25 Point Games Comes to an End
The Suns interior defense, led by Ayton and McGee, held Giannis Antetokounmpo to 5-14 from the field. His streak of 21 games with 25 or more points came to an end. Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 21 apiece. Holiday only had four points after halftime.
After shooting better than 50 percent from the field on the first three games of the road trip the Bucks shot 45.5, 40-88. They shot 10-38, 26.5 percent, from three point range. Milwaukee outrebounded 43-39 and had 14 turnovers. They also lost Pat Connaughton to a broken right finger. The Bucks will have a chance to make a statement of their own when the teams meet again on in Milwaukee March 6.
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