PHOENIX SUNS

Suns center Aron Baynes has career night in win over Trail Blazers

Mar 6, 2020, 10:37 PM | Updated: Mar 10, 2020, 10:08 am

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes had a career night in Phoenix’s 127-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.

Baynes finished with a career-high 37 points after going 12-of-23 from the field (52%), including going 9-of-14 (64.3%) from beyond the arc to tie a franchise record for the most 3-pointers made in a single game.

“If you go out there and play within [head coach Monty Williams’] system, he usually puts you in a place to succeed,” Baynes said after the game.

“That’s all I was trying to do is play within the system. Big credit to the guys with the ball in their hand a lot. They were getting blitzed, [Devin Booker] was making great decisions — Ricky (Rubio) continuing to do the same. When those guys facilitate, it leaves a lot of guys wide open and you just have to step in and try to knock down those shots.”

Prior to Friday, the 33-year-old had made a total of just four threes in his six-year NBA career.

He also joins Houston Rockets guard James Harden as the only players in NBA history to have 37-plus points, 16-plus rebounds and eight-plus made threes in one game.

The Australian picked up 19 of those points in just 10 minutes on the floor in the first quarter by shooting 6-of-7 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range to which came in the 1st quarter.

“He got the guys going when he started dropping a few of them,” Williams said of Baynes after the game.

“Then we started running a few plays for him. I thought the big play was the one time he pump-faked and went down the lane and dunked it. That was a great read and I thought he made the right plays tonight. He didn’t force many shots and the guys started looking for him.”

Baynes also tallied one steal, two blocks and 16 rebounds on the night, seven of which came in the 1st quarter.

Despite center Deandre Ayton being ruled out prior to the game due to an ankle injury, Williams said that Baynes wasn’t going to get normal starter minutes.

Williams’ plan for Baynes didn’t go as expected, as he led all players in minutes played on the night with 36.

“If a guy makes that many threes, he can stay on the floor as long as he wants,” Williams said.

Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric, left, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) to score during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) grabs a rebound as Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. The Suns won 127-117. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes (46) shoots a 3-pointer over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. The Suns won 127-117. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 
              Phoenix Suns guard Ricky Rubio (11) drives past Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent Jr., left, to score during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            
              Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrates a 3-pointer against the Portland Trail Blazers by Suns' Aron Baynes, near guard Ricky Rubio (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            Portland Trail Blazers forward Trevor Ariza, second from right, falls out of bounds with the ball after colliding with Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) and Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes, second from left, as referee Brent Barnaky, right, tries to get out of the way during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. The Suns won 127-117. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) passes the ball to a teammate as Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) defends, while Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside (21) and Suns center Aron Baynes, right, watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. The Suns won 127-117. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 
              Portland Trail Blazers forward Trevor Ariza smiles at Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker after getting fouled during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
            Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes (46) blocks the shot of Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside (21) blocks the shot of Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside (21) blocks the shot of Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, drives past Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric, back right, to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent Jr., left, tries to shoot over Phoenix Suns guard Ty Jerome, center, and Suns forward Dario Saric, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Portland Trail Blazers forward Wenyen Gabriel (35) is fouled by Phoenix Suns forward Elie Okobo, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric (20) is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers forward Wenyen Gabriel (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, is fouled as he tries to dribble past Phoenix Suns guard Ty Jerome (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Portland Trail Blazers forward Trevor Ariza (8) drives past Phoenix Suns guard Ricky Rubio (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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