The Phoenix Suns have a lengthy road trip currently, with the Detroit Pistons being the second stop of that five-game stretch.
Still, Phoenix has been impressive so far as they were able to close out the Boston Celtics on Friday. Traveling to Detroit on a back-to-back certainly could’ve made for an uneventful contest.
The Suns showed no signs of fatigue however, beating the Pistons 116-100 .
One of “Those” Nights for Deandre Ayton
The Suns would want nothing more than for Ayton to be a consistent 20-point, 20-rebound averaging big man and the legitimate No.2 option. Even so, the chances of that transpiring are not too great.
Ayton is showing what he can be, though, which is an effective double-double machine. Saturday was just the latest of Ayton’s standout performances.
The Bahamian finished the contest with 31 points and 16 rebounds, shooting 13-for-15 from the field.
Ayton has been able to make that a normalcy as of late. In his last six games, the star center has averaged 20.3 points to go along with 12.3 rebounds.
On some nights, Ayton’s presence on the court feels passive. It was a positive to see him establish his dominance on both ends of the floor, as he also recorded a block for the contest.
Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges Scoring Prowess
Bridges obviously felt the weight of losing so many starters from injuries, including his close friend in Johnson. As Johnson continues to work his way back from a meniscus injury, their chemistry continues to shine.
Bridges was able to put together another efficient night, scoring 24 points while going 9-for-15 from the floor.
The same could be said for Johnson, who finished with points 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Johnson had a slight dip in the production that was shown after coming back from his injury. Being able to rebound on the road as he did will fare well for the Suns’ remaining stops on the road.
The Suns are now 8-2 in their last 10 games, giving them a 29-26 record. Next up for Phoenix will be the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.
The Nets are in a whirlpool of uncertainty after superstar guard Kyrie Irving recently requested a trade. The Suns have constantly been linked to the Nets in trade talks as well, giving a possibility to some of the same faces on different teams come Tuesday.
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