WHAT KIND OF GAME
The suns were in it. Jazz was in it. The crowd was in him. The best I’ve felt in a game in a very long time.
The whole second half was a dog fight. Big shot after big shot. Offensive fights at key points of both teams. Most of the fourth quarter was a single-possession game.
Deandre Ayton was HUGE in the fourth quarter with a few insulting struggles to keep the Suns alive.
When Jae Crowder hit a three-pointer to increase Suns 100-96, Crowder and the crowd went crazy.
The Suns had a three-point lead of less than 30 seconds, but somehow Devin Booker̵
Sun ball. 10.4 seconds left. Booker misses the buzzer. OT incoming.
Of course, to start FROM, Booker MAKES the short shot while Mitchell hits with three points. The Suns maintained a 3-6 point lead throughout the fourth quarter, coming back to the wire with a 114-110 lead with 24.2 seconds left in the OT after a missed Paul Paul. Jazz ball. Two quick points. Booker misses a free throw and is a jazz ball with 10.6 seconds left, down by three.
115-112 suns. Jazz ball. I have to prevent all three. Suns fouls BEFORE THE INVESTIGATION, which gives us two to Donovan Mitchell. Fu. Do one of two. Sunshine 115-113, should foul … Chris Paul.
Paul wants one thing.
Fans cheer “na na NA nam na na NA na, hey hey hey good bye”
Paul craves a second.
GAME. 117-113 suns.
The Suns’ first game, which allowed up to 5,500 fans in the arena, sounded like the roar of the playoffs. Great props for Suns fans in the building, they really showed energy in this one. Greetings could be heard in every play.
- Deandre Ayton 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals and a huge fourth quarter game
- Devin Booker 35 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
- Chris Paul 29 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds
HUGE games from the best Suns players.
How did it happen
The jazz scored the first bucket of the game, but the Suns responded with 13: 0, which inflamed the audience and the coach of Utah Jazz.
Jazz coach Quinn Snyder responded with a timeout to pay for several subscriptions to send a message to the jazz, starting at five to leave. The Favors replaced the non-existent Ruby Gobert and Joe Ingles came in for the ineffective Mike Conley Jr. These changes broke the magic of the Suns, causing a 6-0 Jazz series where the Suns missed 4 straight easy jumpers.
I like how confident Ayton plays in this one. He is definitely THERE in every play. When he retired for air, he went 4/2/1 to 2/0/0 to Gobert.
But then the second unit of jazz – spurred on by the return of Robert and Conley against Saric and Payne this time – confused the Suns, forcing gaps to jumper after jumper. By the time the jazz took the lead, 21-20, the Suns shot up to 38%. The sun’s decline in the sun coincided with Chris Paul’s vacation time. Also, Devin Booker had 5 turnovers in the first quarter alone and missed 5 of 6 shots. This is not good.
The Suns woke up again in the second quarter, leading 36-29 in another great term for Chris Paul. This guy knows how to play big games.
This time, the Suns held their momentum even after Paul took another break, entering 43-32 on Cam Payne three and Booker pull-up in transition. It helps that Utah is currently 3-21 in threes. At least we can say that they are all being challenged by the Suns’ defense, which should happen or Utah will blow you away.
The Suns, led by the hot Devin Booker, take over halftime advance 51-40 by just playing your game and winning more plays than you lose by making your own luck.
- Sun 51-40
- Chris Paul 13/3, Devin Booker 16/1, Ayton 8/3 with 2 stolen and block
- Booker and Paul have fired half of the Suns’ shots so far (21 of 42)
- both teams are bad in threes: Utah 3/22, Suns 3/12
- Leading suns in FT: 10/12 against 3/5
The second half
Donovan Mitchell came out for five quick points to start the second half, but the Suns held on and returned the lead to nine in the final of Ayton.
In the next possession, the Suns stopped jazz twice, but could not secure possession, and Mitchell eventually hit a three. hmm.
Suns and Jazz traded shots throughout the third quarter. It became physical. As Dario said before the game, this could be a battle between bars. Suns and Jazz are top three in defense for a reason and they show it to each other.
Utah eventually took the lead, making a few threes and getting a few stops at the other end. In the end, the jazz scored 38 points in the third quarter alone, after scoring only 40 in the first half.
Suns regained the lead at the start of the fourth, 84-81 on Craig three and Ayton slam.