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Suns Outlast Raptors, Hold Onto Eighth Seed

The Phoenix Suns were in a position to take advantage of a brief, two-game homestay on Monday. First up was the Toronto Raptors, a team that’s struggled to find their identity thus far in the season.

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Thanks to everyone contributing, the Suns were able to take a small lead as the fourth quarter got underway.

In the end, it was the Suns that walked away with the 114 – 106 victory.

Dario Šarić Bringing it From the Bench

Šarić displayed what he was still capable of this offseason. The Croatian forward went on a tear during EuroBasket, causing a positive stir amongst Phoenix faithful.

He’s continued proving why he’s an essential component off the bench for Phoenix, as he put up 11 points off the bench. Šarić also shot 4-of-6 from the field, provided scoring through some of the Suns’ droughts.

The Suns are fortunate to have talented big men in their reserve tank. Between Šarić, Jock Landale, and Bismack Biyombo, Phoenix has a bit of frontcourt depth to spare.

Deandre Ayton: A Double-Double Story

Ayton has come under fire more times than not given his inconsistent efforts throughout the season.

While it is a fair point, the same can’t be said for some of Ayton’s recent performances. He put up yet another double-double on Monday, scoring 22 points along with 13 rebounds on the night.

He’s averaging 21 points and 11.8 rebounds in his last four outings. Ayton’s also dishing out 2.5 assists per game in that span as well.

Win or lose, posting numbers such as these on a consistent basis can help erase the doubt from spectators on Ayton.

With the win on Monday, the Suns move to 27-25 on the season. Given the ever-changing scenarios in the Western Conference, the Suns will sit a place for now.

Next up for Phoenix will be the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. The Hawks have lost three of their last four meetings.

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