Cameron Payne had one of his most efficient games of the season coming off the bench and it sparked a scoring outburst that the bench hasn’t been able to provide for some time.
The Phoenix Suns ended up defeating the Orlando Magic by a final score of 116-113 and it was Payne’s performance that helped orchestrate the offense for the majority of the night.
CAM PAYNE WITH THE BUZZER BEATER 🤯 pic.twitter.com/oqQR8iSYyR
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Payne after the game joined Bally Sports to talk about the Suns’ win and his performance, in general, to help the team in a big way last night.
“Shoutout to the second unit. We hooped tonight.”@campayne showed love to the fellas off the pine.#WeAreTheValley | @SweetJames pic.twitter.com/Wd2iIazDkb
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Head coach Monty Williams was also asked about Payne’s performance after the game and he believes that ever since the injury, he’s starting to get back to the Cam Payne that we all know and love.
“He’s starting to get back to the Cam Payne that we all know and love and appreciate and it takes guys a while. He’s had some nagging injuries this season and when you take that time off, sometimes it takes you a minute to get going again especially playing the point guard position.”
Williams also alluded that it wasn’t just his scoring that sparked life into the offense. It was also his playmaking that’s been great to account for this season.
“He’s starting to score the ball and pass, his interior passing has started to pick up and I thought he had a really nice find to Ish (Wainright) in the corner, making a read, his speed, and his juice. I think it elevates our team.”
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Payne is usually known for his ultra-fast dribbling and tempo that he brings off the bench to provide a spark for his team. Last night proved what a more in-control and calm Cameron Payne can be and it’s scary for the rest of the league when Kevin Durant comes back.
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