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76ers lead Suns 25-24 after first quarter

The (2-3) Phoenix Suns were on the road against the the (4-1) Philadelphia 76ers. Bradley Beal missed his six consecutive game and Devin Booker was also not available on the back end of this back to back.

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Suns’ head coach Frank Vogel made a big change by going with Keita Bates-Diop in the starting line-up. Bates-Diop got his first shot at real minutes against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. He scored 13 points in 18 minutes and had a plus/minus of +7. This clearly impressed Vogel and earned Bates-Diop the starting nod.

First Quarter

The first quarter started off well for the Suns as they took an early 12-9 lead with eight minutes left in the quarter. This was short lived as the 76ers took the lead 15-14 with six minutes left in the game.

Eric Gordon was huge to start the game for the Suns as he had seven of the first 14 points. Phoenix was 6/12 from the field in the first six minutes of the game. Kevin Durant did a great job of getting to the free throw line in the quarter. He went 4/5 from the line.

The 76ers’ scoring was well balanced to start three separate players had four points and the leading scorer was Kelly Oubre Jr with five at the 5:37 mark of the first quarter.

Philadelphia started to create some separation in the quarter as they went on a run after the game was tied at 15. The 76ers were able to get up 22-17 before Jusuf Nurkic hit a three to close the lead to 22-20 with 2:50 left in the quarter.

Joel Embiid showed how insanely skilled he is by hitting a step back three to expand their lead to 25-20.

The Suns would close out the quarter on a 4-0 run. Philadelphia was up 25-24 at the end of the quarter.

The leading scorers were Kevin Durant with 8 and Joel Embiid with 9.

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