The Suns won 12th in a row with ease, overtaking the Nuggets 126-97
Phoenix Cam Johnson scored 22 points, the highest of his career, Dunder Eaton added 21 points, and the fast-paced Phoenix Suns scored 12 points to beat the Denver Nuggets short-handed 126-97 on Sunday night.
The Suns scored 48 points in the first quarter to advance 20, shooting 17 of 22 (77.3%) from the field, including 7 of 8 from a 3-point range.
Johnson, Devin Booker and Jay Crowder all hit three-pointers during the early round. The Suns have not lost since October 27 against Sacramento when Harrison Barnes made a triple pointer at the bell. It’s the franchise’s longest winning streak since they won 17 in a row during the 2006-07 season.
Denver star Nikola Jokic missed his second game in a row with a sprained right wrist. The Nuggets have lost four in a row to drop to 9-8. With a 126-97 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.
Denver is one of the few teams to beat the Suns this season – winning the opener 110-98 – but that’s when the Nuggets were healthy, Jokic and Michael Porter Jr (low back pain).
This was much different. The Nuggets became even shorter late in the third quarter when Aaron Gordon was sent off after two quick techniques for arguing with an official after he was called up for an offensive foul. Jeff Green led the Nuggets with 19 points. Gordon had 16.
The Suns team led 100-78 in fourth.
Denver recovered from a lopsided first quarter to trim the Phoenix advantage to 73-60 by the first half. Ayton topped the Sun team with 18 points, while Crowder and Booker each got 11 points. Gordon led the Nuggets with 16 points before the first half.
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The Suns have a 6-0 record against teams that have passed 0.500 this season. They are between 13 and 3 years old.
Nuggets: Djokic was listed as a potential in the injury report but he hasn’t played. … The Nuggets were also missing F Zeke Nnaji (sprained right ankle). Looks like J. Bones Hyland injured his ankle during the first quarter. He tried to play through the pain for possession but eventually had to leave the game.
Suns: Frank Kaminski missed his third game in a row and the team announced he will be out indefinitely with a pressure reaction in his right knee. Kaminski averages 10.6 points and 4.6 rebounds and has a career-high of 31 points this season. Abdel Nader (right knee injury) also did not play. …the 48 points were the second largest in franchise history in the first quarter. They scored 50 goals against the Nuggets in the first quarter during the 1990 game.
Nuggets: In Portland on Tuesday night. Denver plays eight of its nine games on the road.
Suns: In San Antonio on Monday night.
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