Thursday evening’s NBA slate, following the mid-season commerce deadline, was headlined by the Finals rematch between the Bucks and the Suns in Phoenix.
The primary 22 minutes of the sport have been aggressive and shut, however after that, it was a no-contest as Phoenix registered a blowout 131-107 victory.
After being down by as many as six early within the second interval, the Suns dominated over the center two quarters after they outscored the Bucks 66-43.
Suns prolong league-wide domination
This victory, their 19th of the final 22 video games, extends the Suns’ league-best file to 45-10, which is 4.5 video games higher than the second-best Golden State Warriors.
Phoenix have been almost unstoppable since they turned issues round from a gradual 1-Three begin. This win additionally extends the Suns’ dominant 19-Three file towards East, which clearly appears to be higher convention this season.
The Suns are 21-6 vs .500 groups this season.
No different staff has 20 wins or single-digit losses vs profitable groups.
In a category of their very own. pic.twitter.com/O4J3cdIK5v
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 11, 2022
Following Thursday evening’s video games, the Suns are homeowners of the league’s greatest web score of seven.9.
“They’re the defending champs. We’re harm. However from a confidence standpoint, yeah,” Suns head coach Monty Williams speaking in regards to the magnitude of this victory.
“DA was the rationale we gained this recreation, each offensively and defensively,” Chris Paul stated postgame.
Not solely did Deandre Ayton rating a team-high 27 factors however he was an enormous motive why the Suns held Giannis Antetokounmpo – who was coming off a 44-point efficiency from a few days in the past – to only 18 factors on 5-of-14 capturing from the sphere.
In the meantime, the Suns All-Star duo of Paul (17 factors, 19 assists) and Devin Booker (17 factors, seven assists) did their bit.
Devin Booker and Chris Paul have been on hearth of their final 10 video games🔥
E book: 29.5 PPG, 45.9 FG%
CP3: 19.Four PPG, 12.5 APG, 52.6 FG%
The Suns have the perfect file within the league at 45-10. pic.twitter.com/gW8910VQTs
— ESPN (@espn) February 11, 2022
That is Paul’s second 19-assist recreation whereas the remainder of the league has a mixed zero. He alone recorded extra assists than the Bucks, who recorded 18 assists.
Paul did all this whereas solely turning the ball simply twice. He at present leads the league in help/turnover ratio with 4.41 amongst outstanding ball-handlers with substantial video games and minutes.
Alternatively, whereas he solely scored 17, Booker was coming off 9 30-point video games up to now month.
Phoenix has three video games remaining earlier than the All-Star break with their remaining opponents being the Magic, Clippers and Rockets.