The Suns won last night in Toronto. It was not easy. Both reached the final moments with options after a game in which there were hardly any differences and in which Phoenix gave the final blow to the personnel line – he was infallible – to win 95-99, cutting a streak of six wins for the Canadians and become the solo leader of the Western Conference with a record of 31-9.
In those of Arizona nobody stood out, but all contributed; so much so that his entire starting five was in double scoring figures. The top scorer was Jae Crowder with 19 points, Chris Paul had a double-double of 15 points and 12 assists and Devin Booker contributed another 15 points, including the basket that put the Suns definitely ahead in the fourth quarter.
Questioned by the development of the match, Monty Williams is happy that his boys maintained defensive consistency, since there were many errors, especially in the control of the ball, since they committed up to 20 losses that were translated into 18 points of the Raptors.
“When you have so many turnovers and you give so many extra possessions, you better do something right. I think our midfield defense was solid, «he highlights.
25 Anunoby points
Toronto fell, but fought to the end. Nick Nurse’s boys have found their rhythm of play and last night they stood up to the current NBA finalist despite not having Scottie Barnes or Gary Trent Jr .. OG Anunoby left with 25 points, Pascal Siakam added 22 and Fred VanVleet contributed another 21. The point guard, despite being hurt by the defeat, emphasizes that the team did not lower their arms at any time.
‘You have to give them credit. They are one of the best teams in the league for a reason. They closed the game at the end, but I think we had a good fight, «he says.
In the Canadians, Chris Boucher also had a remarkable performance from the bench, completing his night with a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds. The pivot believes that they were wrong in several aspects, but is left with the opportunity to win until the end. “We didn’t have Scottie and Gary, they are two important pieces for us, but we held on. We did not shoot well to the basket. There are many things that did not go as we wanted, but even so we found a way to stay involved in the game, «he says.
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