PHOENIX SUNS

Deandre Ayton’s monster night leads Suns to win over Pistons

Feb 4, 2023, 6:19 PM | Updated: 7:26 pm

The Phoenix Suns’ starters carried the load Saturday night for a 116-100 win over the Detroit Pistons, thanks to a game-high 31 points from center Deandre Ayton.

Ayton added to his monster night with 16 rebounds and two assists while shooting an efficient 13-of-15 from the field (86.6%).

Phoenix’s starters scored a combined 91 points behind Mikal Bridges’ 24, Cam Johnson’s 20 and Torrey Craig’s 14. Chris Paul had two points but contributed 14 assists and was a plus-24 while on the court.

Ayton’s efficiency was heavily aided by Paul all night, including a smooth pick-and-roll pass that set the big man up for an easy dunk.

Additionally, the big man was stepping out from under the hoop and showcasing his range hitting from all around the paint, knocking down a jumper from the elbow.

Johnson returned to the court on Saturday after missing the last game against the Boston Celtics for rest as he eases back into conditioning from his meniscus surgery.

He did not miss a beat, adding 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field and knocking down three of his four long-range attempts.

The Pistons bench outscored Phoenix 38-24 in the contest, led by guard Hamidou Diallo (25 points) and forward Saddiq Bey (nine) with 34 combined points.

Diallo, as well as the veteran forward Bojan Bogdanovic (23 points), were a major reason that Phoenix had to battle with the Pistons to put them away.

But Phoenix’s starters were ultimately too much for Detroit, with four players scoring 14 or more points.

Phoenix Suns

Nikola Jokic named as a finalist for 2023-24 NBA MVP....

Associated Press

Nikola Jokic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luka Doncic finalists for NBA MVP

Denver's Nikola Jokic, Dallas' Luka Doncic and OKC's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander named finalists for 2023-24 NBA MVP.

2 hours ago

James Harden lead Clippers to win over Luka Doncic and Mavericks in playoff opener....

Associated Press

James Harden leads Clippers to a win over Luka Doncic and Mavericks in playoff opener

James Harden scored 28 points and Ivica Zubac had a double-double and Clippers defeat the Mavericks 109-97 to win their playoff series opener.

3 hours ago

Nikola Jokic leads Denver Nuggets past LeBron James and Lakers 114-103 in playoff opener....

Associated Press

Nikola Jokic leads Denver Nuggets past Lakers 114-103 in playoff opener

Nikola Jokic had 32 points as he leads the Denver Nuggets past the Los Angeles Lakers 114-103 in their Western Conference playoff opener.

1 day ago

Timberwolves handily defeat Suns 120-95 in game 1 of the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs....

Kellan Olson

Suns walloped by haymaker 1st punch from Timberwolves in Game 1

The Phoenix Suns tried to fight through a hardened style of play from the Minnesota Timberwolves but got smacked in the face.

1 day ago

Devin Booker drives against Karl-Anthony Towns...

Dan Bickley

Suns’ psychological edge vanished with Game 1 Timberwolves win

The Suns lost more than a basketball game on Saturday. They lost their edge and their psychological advantage.

1 day ago

Anthony Edwards talks to the Suns in a Game 1 win by the T-Wolves...

Kevin Zimmerman

Anthony Edwards walks walk, then talks in T-Wolves’ Game 1 win over Suns

Anthony Edwards exploded for 18 third-quarter points as the Minnesota Timberwolves took Game 1 against Kevin Durant and the Phoenix Suns.

1 day ago

Deandre Ayton’s monster night leads Suns to win over Pistons