Phoenix Suns: Stats you need to know about the team’s 10-game winning streak | NBA.com India
A week into their 2021-22 campaign, the Phoenix Suns were off to a confusing 1-3 start. However, since then the reigning Western Conference champions have regained their form and made a difference.
They have won 10 straight games since that 1-3 start, putting their 11-3 record just one game away from the league’s top Golden State Warriors (12-2).
Their flexible schedule early on might have helped them, but going about business in the games they should win is the mark of a rival team, and that’s exactly what the Suns have done.
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Quietly, they recovered from their initial crisis and did so mainly with their defense. That said, here are some impressive stats to know about the Suns’ 10-game winning streak.
11 – Years since last 10-game winning streak
There haven’t been many wins in Phoenix over the past decade. This 10-game winning streak is the first time the franchise has won so many consecutive games since 2010.
By then, the team have only had three winning seasons (2020-21, 2013-14, 2011-12).
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Their 11-3 start is also the best start in 14 games since that 2009-10 season, when they also started 11-3.
The last time they won 10 games in a row they made it to the conference finals (2010). So, is this a sign of things to come?
98.8 – Defensive note
Last season, the Suns were one of only three teams to make the Top 10 in offense (7th) and defense (6th). This season, while their offense is doing well given the league-wide drop, they’ve stepped things up on the defensive end.
Overall, their defensive rating of 103.1 is ranked fifth in the league. However, during that streak, their rating sits at 98.8, which is second in the league behind the Warriors’ 96.9.
During that streak, they kept their opponents 100 points or less in six games.
112.3 – Points per match
With the new ball or the enforcement of new rules by officials, there has been a drop in the number of league-wide offensives this season, but the Suns still rank among the best.
During that winning streak, they are averaging 112.3 points per game, which is once again behind the Warriors. They make a record 42.5 field goals per game with the fourth best efficiency of 47.1% on the field.
And it’s not just Devin Booker. The Suns have six players who average double-digit points and eight who average nine or more points per game. More importantly, they do it while sharing the ball, as their 26.3 assists per game rank third in the league.
Clearly, league leader Chris Paul is leading the charge in this aspect with his 10.5 assists average.
16 – Actions
Much of the team’s defense can be seen directly on the stat sheet via their interceptions and blocks (stocks). During their winning streak, their 10.2 steals are second best in the league and 5.8 blocks are tied for fourth best average.
On the interception side, Paul is one of the league leaders. His 2.4 steals average for the season is the fourth best in the league and over the streak he averages 2.7 steals per game.
8 – Games needed for the franchise’s best winning streak
The Suns must win eight more games to set the franchise’s winning streak record, having recorded 15- and 17-game winning streaks in the 2006-07 season.
Going forward, they’ll play the Mavericks again with unclear Luka Doncic status, the 4-10 Spurs, the shorthanded Denver Nuggets, the 9-7 Cleveland Cavaliers and the losing Knicks.
So there are wins available there, but after Thanksgiving the Suns have three tough competitions in four games where they face the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors twice in four days.
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