January 26, 2022

In Brooklyn, Phoenix still impresses with 16th straight victory | NBA

The more days go by, the more Phoenix emerges as the league’s new scarecrow, like Golden State. Three days before their long-awaited clash with the Warriors, precisely, the Suns have effectively dominated the Nets (113-107) without trembling at the Barclays Center.

Guided by Devin Booker (30 points) and Chris Paul (22 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists), leaders of this superb collective from Arizona, the players of Phoenix, imperturbable and still undefeated in November, made the race leading from start to finish. Managing, thus, to keep a ten point lead until the end against the leader of the East, despite the exploits of Kevin Durant (39 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals) to wake up Brooklyn.

WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER

And 16 for Phoenix. How far will these Suns stop, who are now only a short distance from their historic record for consecutive victories? Already imperial at the Knicks last night, the men of Monty Williams did it again last night, at the Nets. Never really worried by the players of Steve Nash, precisely still present on the floor when the Arizona franchise chained 17 successes in a row in 2006/07, the teammates of Devin Booker and Chris Paul (52 points to two) clearly rise in power and we are already looking forward to this shock in the Warriors on Tuesday night. To equal their record.

The magnificent Durant / Booker duel. Teammates (and gold medalists) in Tokyo this summer, Kevin Durant (39 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals in 45 minutes!) And Devin Booker (30 points in 32 minutes) have become opponents again. And it is better for the defenses because, in view of their respective performances last night, we dare not imagine the damage of such a duo. Unstoppable in attack, they carried Brooklyn and Phoenix at arm’s length, in their styles so pleasing to the eye. Certainly embarrassed by faults, because of “KD”, it was first Booker who launched the Suns in the first quarter (16 points), before putting on a blow in the third (10 points) . As for Durant, he especially struggled to bring the Nets back in contact, more precisely in the second half (27 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists). Total treat, with a bonus of “trash-talking” between them!

Brooklyn has too much. Picked cold from the start by the Suns, who started with a 21-8, the Nets were then never able to really come back. The fault, in particular to too many lost balls (20 in total, against only 12 opposite), and to Mikal Bridges (7 interceptions!), Which made them suffer terribly in counter-attack before the break. In reality, only these six minutes in the second quarter, during which the Arizona players floundered in attack (zero points!), Gave hope to the teammates of Kevin Durant, authors of a 15-0 to return from -20 to -5. Apart from this fire, quickly extinguished by Chris Paul, Phoenix has once again mastered his subject, to sign another authoritarian victory on the road. Allowing the New York franchise to realize, as against Golden State, what it lacks to compete with the best.

TOPS/FLOPS

LaMarcus Aldridge. Even if he was often targeted in defense by Chris Paul and Devin Booker, which earned him to be nailed to the bench in the last quarter, “LMA” (18 points, 8/12 at shots) has nevertheless held the house for a long time in attack, to compensate for the discretion of the scoring of James Harden. Once again royal at mid-distance, the veteran interior brought in the points the Nets needed, without spoiling, so as not to fall too far behind on the scoreboard. It has, admittedly, cost a few on the other side, but the seven-time All-Star was essential to relay Kevin Durant offensively.

DeAndre’ Bembry. Present in the starting five of the Nets for the fourth time in a row, the 27-year-old winger has allowed himself to sign his best game of the season (18 points, 9 rebounds). Consistent and ultra clean (9/11 on shots) over his 35 minutes of playing time, the former Hawks player has done a lot of good to his team in his role of post 5 hybrid, with his energy in attack, his activity in defense and his aggressiveness towards the basket. A solid performance that will undoubtedly earn him, and despite his obvious offensive limits, to continue to start the meetings of Brooklyn.

JaVale McGee. Symbol of this bench of the Suns once again efficient and decisive (33 points in aggregate, against only 11 opposite), as against the Knicks the day before, the veteran pivot (10 points, 10 rebounds) did damage to each of his coming into play. Uncontrollable under the circle (5 offensive rebounds), where he did himself violence, the triple NBA champion has long suffered the New York racquet, unable to resist his activity under the panels, coupled to his mobility and his arm length. A beneficial contribution for Phoenix, especially with the small game of Deandre Ayton (10 points, 6 rebounds).

⛔ James Harden. If he has, of course, blackened the sheet of stats on the rebound (13) and on the pass (14), to the point of finishing with his fourth triple-double of the season, the MVP 2018 (12 points) also spoiled a lot tonight. As evidenced, in particular, his awful 4/15 shots (including 0/6 at 3-points), as well as his 7 losses of ball (which squarely earned him whistles from the public, force!). Far too discreet in scoring and not very aggressive behind Kevin Durant, the New York leader compensated for his clumsiness by bringing in other sectors. Except that his usual twenty points failed, while his expensive side weighed down his, suffering to fall back defensively.

THE FOLLOWING

Brooklyn (14-6) : reception in New York, for the derby, on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday (1:30 am).

Phoenix (17-3) : reception of the Warriors, for a new shock at the top, on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday (04:00).

Nets / 107 Tirs Rebounds
Players Min Tirs 3pts LF O D T Pd Fte Int Bp Ct +/- Pts Eval
K. Durant 45 13/28 4/7 9/11 0 9 9 7 0 4 5 1 -1 39 38
L. Aldridge 28 8/12 0/1 2/2 0 6 6 0 0 0 1 0 -11 18 19
P. Mills 38 3/7 3/7 0/0 0 3 3 2 2 0 2 1 -3 9 9
J. Harden 40 4/15 0/6 4/4 2 11 13 14 3 1 7 2 -8 12 24
D. Bembry 35 9/11 0/0 0/2 3 6 9 1 2 2 0 0 +8 18 26
P. Millsap 8 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 -7 2 3
J. Johnson 27 3/7 0/0 0/0 4 2 6 0 4 0 1 1 +14 6 8
B. Brown 5 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 -6 0 -2
J. Carter 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 -5 0 -1
C. Thomas 12 1/2 0/1 1/2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 -11 3 0
Total 42/84 7/23 16/21 10 37 47 25 15 7 20 5 107
Suns / 113 Tirs Rebounds
Players Min Tirs 3pts LF O D T Pd Fte Int Bp Ct +/- Pts Eval
J. Crowder 30 2/9 1/7 0/0 2 3 5 3 2 2 0 0 -7 5 8
M. Bridges 41 5/10 0/2 3/3 3 3 6 1 2 7 1 0 +9 13 21
D. Ayton 31 5/8 0/0 0/0 0 6 6 0 2 0 2 0 +4 10 11
C. Paul 36 9/19 3/8 1/2 0 8 8 5 1 0 2 0 -1 22 22
D. Booker 32 9/18 4/6 8/8 0 1 1 4 5 1 3 0 +7 30 24
C. Johnson 19 3/6 2/5 0/0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 0 +11 8 5
J. McGee 16 3/7 0/0 4/6 5 5 10 0 1 0 2 1 +4 10 13
C. Payne 20 2/8 1/5 2/2 0 2 2 3 1 1 0 0 -4 7 7
L. Shamet 15 3/7 2/5 0/0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 +7 8 6
Total 41/92 13/38 18/21 11 30 41 17 17 11 12 1 113