Mikal Bridges has been showing up consistently for the Phoenix Suns. On Monday, against the Toronto Raptors, that was no different for Bridges. As a result, the Suns lead 62-53 at halftime.
The 6’6″ forward put up 16 points in the first quarter, going 3-for-3 from three-point range. He also registered two assists during that timespan.
That’s nothing to shy away as uncommon for Bridges. He’s averaging 21.1 points, four assists and five rebounds in the past 10 games.
Bridges is also shooting 48 percent from the field along with nearly 40 percent (39) from three-point range.
With Devin Booker nearing a return, Bridges’ ascension couldn’t of come at a better time. The Suns are desperately in need of a No.2 man next to Booker, and Bridges may be filling that role as a dark horse.
Bridges’ outpour wasn’t enough to give the Suns a huge lead, with the score being 31-28 at the end of the first quarter.
His scoring surge was just as effective in the second quarter as the first. Bridges was able to add seven points to his total for 23. He also added two more assists for the night, putting him at four for the half.
Phoenix is coming off a 128-118 win over the San Antonio Spurs. Though the Spurs aren’t contenders in the Western Conference, they were able to push Phoenix into an overtime battle.
Bridges put up 25 points on 10-18 shooting against the Spurs, and from the looks of things he’s on schedule for a repeat performance.
Bridges isn’t by himself, however. Both Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton are aiming to have nights of their own as well.
Ayton is up to 12 points and eight rebounds, putting him in a position to net another double-double.
The same can be said for Paul, who’s up to nine points and six assists for the night.
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