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Game Recap: Booker and Beal combine for 55 points as the Suns edge an undermanned Blazers team, 127-116

It wasn’t easy, but the Suns overcame early fourth-quarter woes and put the Blazers away late.

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The Phoenix Suns squeeze out a victory over the Portland Trailblazers 127-116.

In what was a sluggish start by the Suns, but Devin Booker and Grayson Allen helped lift the offense with 15 points each to end the first half. Along with Allen getting two blocks and Jusuf Nurkic grabbing 10 rebounds, the Suns carried a 71-61 lead into halftime.

Booker and Bradley Beal were getting to their spot all night, and with Allen adding 20 points, the Suns fire-power was a lot to handle for the Blazers. Never surrendering, even down by as much as 17 in the third quarter, the Blazers competed to the very end. Their physical play on the defensive end led to momentum-swinging threes and drives to the rim.

Hitting big shots to put the Blazers away, the big-three helped guide a lost Suns offense in the fourth to a hard-fought victory.


Game Flow

First Half

The first quarter didn't start as you would of thought after the Suns trampled the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night. The defense did not carry over from last game, and the Blazers managed to make the extra pass while out-hustling the Suns early on.

Beal on the other hand picked up right where he left off, hitting three for his first threes, ending his first stint with nine points in the first quarter. Giving up 33 points in the first quarter, left the Suns searching for ways to chip away at the lead.

With help from Booker and forcing a few turnovers to keep the game close, The Suns only trailed the Blazers 33-31 to end the first quarter.

The Blazers continued to give Suns opportunities with multiple turnovers to start the second quarter. The Suns capitalized with back-to-back dunks in transitions, with KD throwing it down over former Phoenix Suns, Toumani Camara. Whatever momentum that gave the Suns was quickly taken away, as the Blazers knocked down three after three. Exchanging blows, the Suns could only manage a one-point lead with 6:31 left in the second.

Grayson Allen extended the Suns lead to eight after hitting a transition three as the Suns ran up their lead after going on a 9-0 run. Getting to the line and not just settling for the three, Booker and KD were able to draw fouls on an inexperienced Blazers team. After playing with their food, it looked like the Suns picked up the tempo on offense and tightened things up on defense. The Blazers were unable to get to the rim at will, and the passing lanes were filled by Suns defenders.

Taking a 71-61 lead over the Blazers into the half, the Suns looked to be cooking, but needed to go up another level to finish the Blazers off in the second half.

Second Half

It was all Booker to start the third quarter, scoring seven and containing an 11-point lead halfway through the third. The Blazers' effort was matched by the Suns, continuing to pickpockets and score in transition.

Still hanging around in the third, the Blazers were knocking down threes, and grabbing second-chance points to annoy the Suns. With Booker and Beal scoring at will, the Suns were then able to pull away. The firepower was too much to handle.

Beal to end the third quarter had 20 points and Booker had 30. Durant went scoreless in the third but had his normal looks from mid-range.

Even with hands in their face, the Blazers knocked down almost every three attempted, not letting the Suns get to that 20-point lead. The lead was 106-92, Suns, entering the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter is where the Suns have struggled this year, and to start, it was a little messy. You could just feel the change in momentum without a second ticking off the clock to start the quarter. It was back-and-forth again, like earlier in the game, where the Blazers would for the most part grab the extra board or hit a three to kill any momentum the Suns would have.

Doubling Booker and forcing scared passes, the Blazers pushed the Suns to their limits. Responding, the Suns ended the Blazers' comeback and pulled away with a 127-116 victory.


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