PHOENIX SUNS

Wins on wins: Arizona sports teams run the table Friday night

Apr 30, 2021, 10:50 PM | Updated: May 1, 2021, 8:41 am
Phoenix Suns forward Frank Kaminsky (8) and forward Dario Saric (20) celebrate with teammates durin...

Phoenix Suns forward Frank Kaminsky (8) and forward Dario Saric (20) celebrate with teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, April 30, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

DJ Khaled described Arizona’s Friday sports scene best: Anotha won. It’s hard to imagine a more productive day around the sports world in the Valley.

The Arizona schedule was absolutely loaded on Friday, as four teams played and another held its draft. The result? Four victories. Zero losses. And a 20-year-old wide receiver with promise.

Around 5:23 p.m., the Arizona Cardinals selected Rondale Moore with the No. 49 pick in the NFL Draft. They were the story of the Valley – for about an hour and a half, at which point the Phoenix Suns tipped off against the leaders of the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz.

That was a battle for about half a quarter. The Suns pulled ahead, led by as many as 25 points in the first half and coasted to a 121-100 victory. With the win, they took first place in the Western Conference and are now tied for the best record in the entire NBA.

Fans may have then switched the TV over to Bally Sports Arizona Plus, where the Arizona Coyotes were facing the Vegas Golden Knights. They arrived just in time to see Christian Fischer put on the finishing touches with an empty net goal as Adin Hill helped the Coyotes post their first shutout against the Golden Knights. Vegas’ 10-game winning streak came to a close with the ‘Yotes 3-0 victory.

Meanwhile, over on Bally Sports Arizona Plus, the Arizona Diamondbacks were shellacking the Colorado Rockies.

Madison Bumgarner had his third good game in a row, allowing one run in five innings. The offense broke out with four runs in the third inning, and Josh Rojas hit a home run in the eighth. They won 7-2.

That’s not all. Phoenix Rising had their season opener, debuted their new stadium at Wild Horse Pass and played on ESPN2. They did not disappoint, winning 4-1 with goals from four different players, three of which came in the second half.

In the end: One night, four wins, one draft pick, zero losses.

Things are looking bright in the Valley.

Phoenix Suns

NBA player JaVale McGee #00 of the Phoenix Suns takes batting practice prior to a game between the ...
Kellan Olson

JaVale McGee on charity softball game, end to season, future with Suns

JaVale McGee told Arizona Sports about his Juglife Foundation, its charity softball game at Chase Field, his free agency and more.
19 hours ago
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates next to guard Klay Thompson (11) durin...
Associated Press

Warriors close out Mavericks in 5 games, advance to NBA Finals

The Warriors advanced to their sixth NBA Finals in the past eight seasons by beating the Mavericks 120-110 on Thursday.
2 days ago
Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns is fouled by Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers during the s...
Haboob Blog

ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins confronts Pat Beverley over Chris Paul criticism

Kendrick Perkins confronted Patrick Beverley about contradictions in his analysis of Suns G Chris Paul and James Harden on ESPN's First Take.
19 hours ago
Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson (23) smiles after a three pointer against the New York Knicks ...
Arizona Sports

Cam Johnson buzzer-beater, Devin Booker style up for NBA fan vote

Two Phoenix Suns are up for a vote in the 2021-22 NBA Fan Favorite awards honoring the best of the regular season.
4 days ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of Game One of the Western Conference Se...
Kellan Olson

Devin Booker earns 1st Team All-NBA, 1st Suns player to do so since 2007

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker has long been disrespected nationally but this season he has been properly recognized.
3 days ago
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, left, reacts with head coach Monty Williams during the first hal...
Kevin Zimmerman

Report: Suns’ finale could echo Deandre Ayton-Monty Williams dynamic

As Deandre Ayton prepares to receive free agency interest, the rumor mill might tell us if Phoenix wants to match an offer.
3 days ago
Wins on wins: Arizona sports teams run the table Friday night