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Suns Come Away with Win in Booker’s Return

Deandre Ayton

The Phoenix Suns are taking names so far on their five-game road trip. The Brooklyn Nets were the latest victim on Tuesday, as the Suns were able to pull out a lead in the fourth quarter.

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Phoenix is trying to regain its chemistry after dealing with injuries to various core pieces. Devin Booker namely has seen an extended amount of time missed.

The superstar guard made up for it against Brooklyn, helping Phoenix improve to 3-0 on the road.

Thought it was a close battle down to the final seconds, the Suns walked away with the win over the Nets with a 116-112.

Deandre Ayton Turning A Corner?

Game by game, Ayton continues to erase the doubts of media and fans alike. The former No.1 pick has been on a double-double campaign since returning from an ankle injury.

Ayton has recorded a double-double in five of his last seven games, with Tuesday’s contest against the Nets being the latest.

He was able to finish the contest with 35 points along with 15 rebounds. He also shot 14-of-18 from the field. His most critical rebound came with final seconds left in the fourth quarter, allowing Phoenix to seal the victory.

Suns fans have made a case with injuries to named All-Stars for Devin Booker to be named a replacement. Yet with Ayton’s recent performances, the seven-footer may be making his own statement.

Booker Becomes a Warm Welcome

Suns fans alike were delighted to see Booker grace the floor once more. The star guard hasn’t been seen in action since Christmas Day, and it was a given that he’d be anxious to return to action even on a road trip.

Booker played in limited action on Tuesday, totaling 25 minutes of playing time on the floor. During that timespan, he was able to put together a 19-point performance. He also dished out six assists while grabbing four rebounds.

It will take time for Booker to get his legs fully underneath him. Still, his return couldn’t have come at a better time with Phoenix finally clicking again as the All-Star break nears.

Phoenix has an interesting next two days ahead of them. With the trade deadline looming on Thursday, the pressure is mounting on general manager James Jones to make some significant upgrades to the roster along with finally dealing Jae Crowder.

The Suns will travel to take on the Atlanta Hawks next in a rematch on Thursday.

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