Led by Booker and Paul, Phoenix passes 113-107 at the Nets home and extends her second best streak ever
The last time Phoenix had won 16 games in a row, Mike D’Antoni was coaching her and Steve Nash was her star. It was January 2007: almost 15 years later, Nash is the Brooklyn coach who applauds the Suns for the convinced 113-107 that it is worth the second best winning streak in the history of the franchise, with the first hour just one success away. The team coached today by Monty Williams wins and convinces at the Barclays Center, full as never before (18,071 spectators) for a game of the Nets: Devin Booker (30 points) and Chris Paul (22 with 5 assists) are the two-headed monster of a team that plays by heart, knows how to make a difference, what its strengths and weaknesses are. A team that, after last year’s Finals, has every intention of playing to win. What Brooklyn would like to do, too, who is still looking for the best version of herself).
Only Golden State has a better record than Phoenix (17 won-3 lost to date). The Suns are blinding: careful defense, lethal attack with CP3 orchestrating and Booker willingly lends himself to being the arm. The Tokyo gold is playing as well as ever: he has always been a serial scorer, but compared to when he preached in the desert, in the dark years of the Suns, he is learning thanks to Paul how to be a leader and how to turn the team on in times of need. . In addition to the two stars, in the Suns he blinds Bridges’ defense (13 points and 7 steals), who also deserves the compliments of James Harden (“He did a really great job on me”). DeAndre Ayton did not shine (10 points and 6 rebounds) but he put in some heavy baskets; JaVale McGee off the bench (10 points and 10 rebounds) was a spectacular change. Phoenix goes fast because he already knows how to do it: continuity is a strength for this team, with the race to the series for last season’s title convincing everyone of how strong they can be.
Work in progress
Continuity is just what Brooklyn (14-6) needs, knocked out after 4 wins. “We had a demonstration of what it takes to play at a high level in the NBA,” explained Nash. We are a team still under construction, which is looking for its own identity as opposed to Phoenix, which instead is very clear. We sometimes forget who we are, especially when we go under, but they are the signs of a team that is still forming ”. Nash hopes that the 20 turnovers are too (15 in the first half alone), the real Achilles heel of the evening. Male James Harden, disaster in attack (4/15 from the field) despite the triple double of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists. “I’m still trying to figure out when you need to be a point guard and when a scorer,” Barba explained. With Kevin Durant finishing with 39 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists but remained at least two steps below his best nights, the mvp for the Nets was DeAndre Bembry, 18 points, 9 rebounds and that inexhaustible energy of which Brooklyn feels she needs. The Nets are still the best team in the East but they have enormous room for improvement.
Booker with 16 points in the first quarter launches the escape of the Suns, who reach 51-31 with Paul at 6’39 “from the rest. Brooklyn shakes up with a 15-0 run, but Paul puts in the last 5 points of the first half and Phoenix goes to rest at 56-46. The Nets shorten to 70-61, but Phoenix puts in a 9-0 run and restores the distance, with Payne before the third siren sounds and Shamet from 3 who scores 97-75 with 10’35 “on the clock. It seems over, but Brooklyn has the merit of not giving up, making the ending more interesting thanks to Durant (15 points in the fourth period) and Bembry’s infectious energy. Mills misses the triple of -4 twice, and when Crowder opens the last minute with the layup of 110-101 the match goes virtually to the archive.
Brooklyn:Durant 39 (9/21 of two, 4/7 of three, 9/11 free throws), Bembry 18, Aldridge 18. Rebounds: Harden 13. Assists: Harden 14.
Phoenix:Booker 30 (5/12, 4/6, 8/8 tl), Paul 22, Bridges 13. Rimbalzi: McGee 10. Assist: Paul 5.
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