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Bradley Beal explains the roots of his shuffle celebration

Dec 31, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Bradley Beal (3) celebrates a basket against the Orlando Magic during the first half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Bradley Beal scored a season-high 25 points against the Orlando Magic on Sunday night, leading the Suns to a 112-107 win, their 3rd in a row.

While he did so on an incredibly effective 10-13 shooting display, no shot may have been bigger than the buzzer-beater fadeaway that he made to end the 3rd quarter.

At one point in the 2nd half, the Suns led by as much as 16 points. However, a poor 10-minute shooting stretch resulted in the Magic storming back to take a one-point lead.

To get his team back on top and bringing the fans back to life inside the Footprint Center, Beal had his first signature moment in a Suns uniform.

After watching the shot go in, Beal hit a little shuffle, which he was asked about postgame.

Beal credited his teammate Saben Lee for introducing this celebration to him: “Saban (Lee) made me do it. He started doing it; I remember I was doing it against the Lakers in an in-season tournament game and it’s a little side shuffle. Every time I make a good play, I think Saban’s going to make me do that now.”

Riding the momentum that they have captured over the past week; Phoenix will attempt to make it four in a row as they take on the Portland Trail Blazers on New Year’s Day at 7 PM. This will be game 3 of the Suns’ six-game homestand.

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