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Suns Show Up the Celtics in First Half

The Phoenix Suns are on the first stop of their five-game road trip against the Boston Celtics. The Suns are coming off a blowout loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday.

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Setting a proper tone for their road trip is imperative with Devin Booker still rehabbing from a groin injury. However, doing that against the Celtics will definitely be an uphill battle.

It didn’t seem to phase the Suns though, as they lead the Celtics 57-44 at halftime.

Slow First Quarter

The Suns only managed to put up 24 points during the first quarter. Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges combined for 16 points, with both going 4-of-8 from the field, respectively.

Without Booker, Phoenix isn’t necessarily known for jumping out to hot starts in the first quarter.

Even so, the Suns were lucked out of a bad shooting performance by the Celtics in the first quarter. Boston finished the quarter with only 20 points, far below their season average of 30.7.

With that, the Suns were able to capitalize on a decent lead that they carried over into the second quarter.

Ball-Sharing at an All-Time High

As the Suns have found success putting the ball in the hoop, their assists numbers back up that display. Phoenix was up to 16 assists by the end of the half.

Chris Paul, the assist leader for the club, was up to 6 assists by halftime as well.

Dario Saric impressed as well, dishing out three assists during his time in the first half. He also put up six points along with six rebounds.

The contest overall hasn’t been a flashy one. Nonetheless, the Suns don’t necessarily need it to be. They’ve been able to contain the Celtics better than most teams so far this season.

If Phoenix is able to continue its play in the second half, it’ll be one of the more impressive wins on the season. Boston was able to sneak back into the contest as the second quarter came to a close.

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