The Phoenix Suns pick up their first win since the All-Star Weekend, beating the Chicago Bulls 112-104. The Suns looked dead in the water when the Bulls had at one point a 17 point lead in the second quarter. However, a second half surge from the Suns rallied them to victory.
Though the second half improvement came from the team, a huge chunk of it came in thanks to Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker. Both played outstanding against the Bulls, scoring 28 and 29 points respectively.
While Ayton had a strong scoring night, he gobbled up 19 rebounds as well to leave his mark on the game. Booker was his usual elite offensive self, getting five assists along with five rebounds to go with his scoring. Ricky Rubio, while not exploding in points, managed to get 11 assists to go with his 18 points.
The second half, particularly the third quarter, wasn’t kind to the Bulls. The team let the Suns back into the game while shooting 8-20 that quarter. The team was still in the game, as Colby White had a tremendous night with 33 points coming off the bench kept them in play, the Suns were just rolling at that point.
It doesn’t help that the Bulls starters were playing poorly offensively with Zach Lavine scoring the second most with 20 points off 8-20 shooting. The team had more turnovers (26) then assist (18), gave up nine more rebounds and were outplayed on the offensive side by the Suns.
The Suns move to 23-34 and this was a win the team desperately needed. The Suns face the Jazz and Clippers in their next two games. If the Suns want to end the season at .500 or even sniff the postseason, the team needs to beat these teams and build on these wins.