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Suns Hold Early Lead Over Thunder at Halftime

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The end of the regular season is nearing for the Phoenix Suns, and so is putting everything to together for the postseason.

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The Suns traveled to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on an early Sunday, and adding to their winning series against OKC is on the agenda.

Phoenix was able to take care of business in the first half, leading 69-57.

Turnovers into Transition

The Thunder are a team known to stick around and make the most of a contest. With that in mind, taking away the morale of that young team is beneficial.

The Suns did their best to disrupt the Thunder’s offense on Sunday. OKC committed seven turnovers in the first quarter alone. As such, Phoenix was able to get out in transition for easy buckets.

Chris Paul is one of the main recipients of causing those turnovers. Paul was already up to three steals by the end of the first quarter. As such, it afforded the Suns a decent lead for the better portion of the quarter.

Devin Booker Vs. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

There’s no Kevin Durant or Deandre Ayton for the Suns on Sunday, meaning most of the offensive load will be split between Devin Booker and Paul.

On the opposite end, Gilgeous-Alexander is making sure to get his team on the right page from the start of the first quarter. The 24-year-old guard was able to put up 13 points in the first quarter, shooting 4-of-9 from the field.

What helped Gilgeous-Alexander’s performance was getting to the charity stripe for eight attempts in the half.

Booker, on the other hand, went 4-of-5 from the field for 12 points in the first quarter.

Much of what either team can accomplish this game in particular will be centered around role players. Still, it’ll start with the stars first and foremost.

With that, there’s still another half of ball to be played, and the Suns will need Booker to continue his dominance.

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