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Suns Trail Vs. Bulls in First Half

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No one wants to jump to conclusions, but the Phoenix Suns are looking to take form at the right time. It’s game No.3 for the Suns in their four-game road trip as they visit the Chicago Bulls.

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Phoenix looked to leave nothing to chance as the first quarter got underway, even with DeMar DeRozan putting up a fight. The fight from DeRozan would come as a momentum boost in the second quarter.

The Suns seemed to lose their hot shooting in the second quarter, giving the Bulls a 64-60 lead at halftime.

The Okogie Show

Josh Okogie has become a fan favorite this season, and that continues to be the case as the Suns prepare for the playoffs.

Okogie was an absolute force in the first quarter against the Bulls, putting up a game-high 13 points. He also shot 3-of-4 from three-point range.

The impressive part of Okogie’s first-quarter outburst was his confidence in shooting from beyond the arc. The starters did well to find the fifth man, who cashed in practically every opportunity.

Booker Keeps It Rolling

It was all about Kevin Durant on Wednesday during his Suns debut, but Devin Booker walked away with the 30-point performance.

Booker could be well on his way to another electric performance on Friday, as he finished the half with 18 points. Booker shot 6-of-14 from the floor for the half, going 3-of-6 from three-point range.

What has been well-known and often highlighted is the interchangeable charge that both Booker and Durant can take on any given night.

Durant looks to have never missed a game during his first two outings with Phoenix. Still, while he works his way into the Suns system, Booker has continued to be the anchor.

Just Keep Shooting

The Suns haven’t been particularly the best team shooting-wise for the better part of the season. Friday, Phoenix appeared to be a completely different team.

Phoenix put up a ridiculous 40 points in the first quarter, far beyond their season average of 27.6. Much of that explosion is due to Okogie’s performance in the first quarter, but the Suns looked to be fairly aggressive early on.

At one point in the second quarter, the Suns were up to 68 percent from the field.  As time went on, Phoenix and Okogie appeared to simmer down shooting-wise, and the Bulls seized the opportunity.

Going into the second half, Phoenix will have to get back to the aggression that saw them up early against Chicago.

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