As the first half came to a close, the Phoenix Suns appeared to be running away with a win over the Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets were without four starters on Friday, with the Suns continuing the rarity of being at full strength. As time progressed though, Denver was able to string together some stops to allow them back into the contest briefly.
The Suns were able to pull away as the fourth quarter came to a close, winning 100-93 over the Nuggets.
The win didn’t come easy though, as Phoenix let a comfortable lead during the second half slip.
Durant-Booker Duo Proves Lethal
Since the arrival of Kevin Durant, the Suns have been spoken of in having the best scoring duo possibly in the league. Coupled with Devin Booker, Durant could find more ease in picking defenses apart.
After a shaky night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 12-time All-Star was able to bounce back on Friday. Durant finished the contest with 30 points, shooting 11-of-15 from the field. He also had four rebounds and two blocks.
Durant was able to get off to a hot start in the first quarter in which he scored 12 points.
As for Booker, the dark horse MVP continued to affect the game in multiple ways. He scored 27 points, making the most of his opportunities at the free-throw line (7-of-8).
Moreover, Booker resumed his playmaking duties, dishing out six assists throughout the matchup.
Biyombo Continues to Prove Worth
There’s no telling what the future holds for Bismack Biyombo in Phoenix. He’s on a one-year deal, making him a free agent after the season.
Yet if the Suns value a low-cost, high-reward investment, Biyombo should be back in Phoenix next season. The 6’8″ center has averaged 8.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in his last six games coming into Friday.
He’s also averaging 4.3 rebounds in that timespan as well.
Friday saw a familiar performance from Biyombo, as he scored nine points along with grabbing seven rebounds. He also recorded three blocks.
At 30, Biyombo has settled into his role and what he can contribute to a team. Having a defensive anchor in Biyombo to offset Ayton could benefit Phoenix for the long haul.
With the win, the Suns move to 42-35. Phoenix has five games remaining in the regular season.
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