Phoenix (39:32) – Oklahoma City (27:43) 101: 128
This evening, believe it or not, started very badly for the Suns. A few minutes before the start of such an important match for them, it was learned that Diandra Eyton missed the corona test he was due to undergo on Sunday morning, and so he was deducted from the top five. The chin, who was first selected in the 2018 draft, passed the test on Monday morning and waited for a negative answer. When it arrived – a few minutes after the first announcement – he joined his friends in the hall.
And yet, in the first quarter it was evident that the minds of the Phoenix players were distracted. They lost no fewer than eight balls in the first 12 minutes and finished the quarter in minus 14, even though Oklahoma City is missing no less than five senior players due to various reasons (Danilo Glinari, Shay Gilges-Alexander, Stephen Adams, Nerlens Noel and Dennis Schroeder).
Starting in the second quarter, the Monty Williams gang has already mentioned why it is the hottest team in the bubble. She scored 42 points in that quarter, compared to 27 of the opponent, and set a reversal with the drop to the break. After that, the pressure was completely released and Devin Booker and the friends galloped to a sixth straight victory. Now, Phoenix is half a game away from ninth place and one game away from eighth place. At the same time, she is still not dependent on herself in the fight for entry into the “play-in” and needs two Memphis losses or one Portland loss.
Devin Booker led the bubble hit with 35 points, including 14 of 14 from the penalty line. Michael Bridges (5 of 8 for three) and Cameron Johnson contributed 18 each. Eyton? He played 17 minutes and contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds. The Suns, by the way, scored 17 threes out of 34 attempts. On the other side, Darius Beasley stood out with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
DEVIN BOOKER FROM THE LOGO 🔥 pic.twitter.com/i6KBHwY7xD
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