Wednesday’s contest between the Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder saw a few stars out.
Prior to tipoff, Kevin Durant injured his ankle during warmups. On the Thunder’s side, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was out due to rest.
Even without Durant, the Suns were able to show in closing time what they were capable of. Devin Booker was able to put on another masterpiece, helping lead Phoenix to a 132-101 win over Oklahoma City.
Booker for MVP
There’s no telling where Booker would be in the MVP race if not for his unfortunate groin injury. Booker clearly is aware of it, as his play has shown it on a consistent basis.
The 26-year-old guard went off for 44 points on the night, shooting an incredible 73 percent from the field in his efforts. He also shot 60 percent from three-point range.
Booker has strung these performances together in regularity at this point. He was averaging 31.4 points on 51 percent shooting from the field in his last five games before Wednesday.
Durant clearly is a focal point for the Suns’ offense, but Booker may remain the No.1 option in the end.
Terrence Ross Breakout
Fans have been clamoring for one of those vintage breakout games from Ross since acquiring the scoring guard. With that, Ross’ time in Phoenix arrived on Wednesday.
Footprint arena was able to bask in Ross’ 24-point performance against the Thunder. The veteran guard shot 8-of-13 from the field, going 60 percent from three-point range.
Phoenix already possessed the necessary defensive fronts in Torrey Craig and Ish Wainwright off the bench. The offensive firepower is what lacked.
Now, with Ross, there may be a perfect balance to come.
The Suns are now on a four-game winning streak. Next, Phoenix will host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. The Kings currently hold the second seed in the Western Conference, with the Suns holding the fourth.
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