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Phoenix Suns defeat Portland Trail Blazers 127-116

Led by a strong night from their starting five, the Phoenix Suns took down the injury-plagued Portland Trail Blazers with a final score of 127-116.

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After the Blazers initially jumped out to a 7-point lead, thanks to Doup Reath’s 11 points in the 1st quarter, the Suns began to start their shooting rhythm in the 2nd.

Bradley Beal, who made a career high of eight three-pointers against the Lakers a couple of days ago, went 4-6 from behind the arc for 23 points.

By halftime, the Suns had jumped out to a 10-point lead as they scored 40 in the second quarter.

While they were able to keep a safe distance from the Blazers for the next 12 minutes, the 4th quarter blues struck again, at least for a moment.

Starting the quarter with a 15-5 run, the Blazers pulled within four points; it was not until Frank Vogel elected to call a timeout that the Suns were able to get back their lead to a reasonable cushion.

The Suns starting five of Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal, Jusuf Nurkic, and Grayson Allen accounted for 112 points. Booker led the way with 34, despite shooting 1-6 from deep.

As for the Blazers, Scoot Henderson had yet another rough shooting night. Similar to his 4-21 game on January 11th, the rookie made 11 shots on 31 attempts. Although he did end the night with 33 points, 20 missed shots played a costly role in Portland’s loss.

Next up for the Suns is a meeting with the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.

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