In a 99-96 road triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night, the Phoenix Suns won their ninth straight game and got one of their most essential players back. DeAndre Ayton is back! DeAndre Ayton, who produced a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds, had a spectacular homecoming. Devin Booker led the game with 29 points, including a free shot with 16.1 seconds remaining that gave the club from the desert a two-point lead.
Minnesota had the game-winning shot, but Anthony Edwards’ three-point attempt fell short of the rim, sealing the victory. Chris Paul came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 19 of the game’s 21 points. The Phoenix Suns’ (10-3) nine-game winning run is the NBA’s longest ongoing winning streak. Everyone including me counted the Suns last season as a fluke because every team they faced were without their best players like Kawhi out due to injury in WCF, Murray, and AD in their first two matchups, But they are silencing the doubters by playing beautiful basketball under the coach Monty Williams and 37-year-old Chris Paul who is having a blast season, he is averaging highest assists (10.2) per game and most steals too (2.6).
For the Timberwolves, it’s a source of frustration. The Timberwolves lost their ninth game in a row, despite a strong showing from Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored 35 points and 13 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell chipped in with 22 points. Another difference was Minnesota’s lack of discipline as Edwards, Towns, and Patrick Beverly received technical fouls for protesting refereeing decisions in the third quarter.
Grit and grinded for 9️⃣
Our longest regular season streak since 2010. pic.twitter.com/zoxa1BNonn
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) November 16, 2021