Phoenix Suns beat Brooklyn Nets for 16th straight win, tied 1
NEW YORK, NY – Moments after winning their 16th straight game, the Phoenix Suns could be heard cheering and screaming in celebration of their latest win as they walked into the visitors’ locker room at Barclays Center.
“We are running New York! A Suns team member could be heard screaming from the hallway.
The Suns (17-3) swept the road from the New York teams on back-to-back nights and came close to a win to tie their franchise’s longest winning streak with a 113-107 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. The victory came one night after the Suns beat the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday night.
Now, Phoenix will look to match the franchise’s 17-game winning streak set in 2006-07 when it hosts Golden State on Tuesday. The Warriors (17-2) currently own the league’s best record.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Suns goaltender Devin Booker, who scored 30 points. “Obviously [it is] not a make or break game. Not a playoff game. But we know it’s going to be a high energy game. Two best records in the NBA. It will be a fun, high intensity game. “
The Suns led up to 22 points against the Nets, who entered this season with championship expectations. The Nets (14-6) managed to get closer to seven with 2:31 left but Brooklyn missed three straight shots to get Phoenix to go with the win.
Kevin Durant scored 39 points and James Harden had a triple-double with 12 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds. But Phoenix defensive star Mikal Bridges helped keep the Nets leader 4-for-15 shots, including a 0-for-6 effort behind the 3-point arc, to go with seven turnovers.
Harden credited Bridges’ physical defense, but also admitted he’s always trying to balance when he needs to be more of a goalscorer and distributor with Kyrie Irving and not with the Nets.
“Honestly, I’m trying to figure it all out right now,” Harden said. “I’m trying to figure out when to score, when to be a point guard, when to launch the attack, when to do a little of everything.
“It’s been a bit difficult especially since – anything – but it’s been a bit difficult [and] I’m just trying to figure it out. “
It’s early days, but the Suns look like a team that figured out how to take it to the next level after qualifying for the NBA Finals in the last playoffs.
“That would be nice,” Suns point guard Chris Paul said of the franchise’s longest winning streak on Tuesday. “Obviously everyone knows the ultimate goal is to win a championship, but if you don’t enjoy small wins throughout the regular season, then what do you do? We’re having fun.… We’re going to keep on playing. play a game at a time and enjoy the moments. “