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Suns’ defense shines in first half vs. Celtics

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Not only did the Phoenix Suns jump out to a surprising 13-point lead in the first half against the Boston Celtics.

But they somehow found a way to limit MVP candidate Jayson Tatum to just six points on nine shots. All points came in the final four minutes on two made threes.

Tatum is averaging 31.1 points per game and has scored over 30 in seven of the past eight games. This includes a 51-point breakout night against the Hornets a couple weeks ago.

Tonight, however, the three-time All Star did not get a bucket to fall until less than four minutes remained in the second quarter. The three points put an end to a 0-5 cold streak.

At the half, the Suns lead 57-44. Their stellar defense held the Celtics to a 37.5% field goal percentage. Much lower than their season average.

The last time these two teams faced off, the Suns trailed by 26 points at the half, even with Jayson Tatum unavailable.

Stay tuned to see if Phoenix can hold on to their lead and surprise the #1 seed Boston Celtics.

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