The Phoenix Suns added their 15th consecutive victory in their visit to Madison Square Garden after winning 97-118 with 32 points from their star Devin Booker.
Those from Arizona are just two wins behind their historic record with 17 in a row in the 2006-07 season, and on the next day they will visit Kevin Durant and James Harden’s Barclays Center.
“We will do it one at a time. We know that tomorrow we have a very tough opponent waiting for us, well rested, ”said Booker. “So we just have to play with the same mindset, play the kind of basketball we do, defend at the highest level, and put ourselves in a good position to do it,” he explained.
The guard hit a 14 of 27 in shots from the field and a 4 of 9 in triples; and the Suns were ahead during the final three quarters of a game to reach a 24-point lead.
Chris Paul (14 points and 10 assists) and DeAndre Ayton (14 points and 13 rebounds) supported the offense with double-doubles, and up to seven Suns players scored double-digit scoring: Cameron Payne (13); Jae Crowder (11); and Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson (10).
“When you’ve been in this league for so long, tomorrow is not about a playoff game. It is good for us to go out and compete. We are just trying to build our game. It is not about winning a game in November, “said CP3.
With their new triumph, the Suns have prevailed in their three away games, and currently hold the best record on the road with 8-1.
Kemba Walker was the Knicks’ leading scorer with 17 points; followed by Immanuel Quickley with 16 points off the bench. In addition, it is worth noting the discreet game that Julius Randle starred in with 9 points and 6 rebounds, and 3 of 8 in field goals.
The Knicks hit just 37% on field goals and 30% on 3s. Quite the contrary in Phoenix with 55% and 46% respectively.
“If you give them the shots we gave them, they have a lot of confidence from the beginning. Once they gain confidence so early, they are very difficult to stop, ”said Tom Thibodeau.
A por Golden State
The Suns will play today Saturday against the leader of the East, Brooklyn Nets (14-5), and next December 1 against the Warriors of Steve Kerr, currently leading the NBA with a record of 17-2. To their credit they have the possibility of beating the two best teams in the league, and in the process match their historical record of consecutive victories.
“You know it’s a very long season,” Monty Williams admitted. “You understand that all teams can give you problems. For me, I can’t be looking at Golden State. I’m just thinking about tomorrow’s game. But I’m sure the boys are thinking about it, and of course I am too. But you just have to focus on the next match. There is quite a bit of parity right now in this league. You can’t come to a game and say: ‘I’ll take care of it.’ Because they are going to cut your roll, “he concluded.
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