The Phoenix Suns on a home stand which started tonight against the New York Knicks, which are coming in on a three game win streak.
Suns may have played down to the level of the competition as they allowed the Knicks to shoot well over 50% from the field in the first half, and were down double digit halftime lead 61-51.
Lead guard Devin Booker has a streak of his own coming into this game, riding a four game streak of scoring 30 plus points in a row and he would add to that tonight.
Booker making his case for getting into the All-Star game for the first time in his career dropping 38 in 38 minutes.
That beings Bookers fifth straight 30 plus scoring output, and he continues to be efficient when he takes his shots and when to pass.
Numbers like 50%, 43%, 90% in the three shooting categories, showing from the field, three point shooting and free throw percentage.
Suns get the120-112 victory, and the team around Devin seems to be getting better based on how he is leading them.
Kelly Oubre has been very consistent the last few games scoring more than 25 per night, and he has given Booker all the scoring help he needs and has looked like an All-Star himself.
Oubre scored 29 tonight and had two crunch time threes that allowed the Suns to pull away from the Knicks, and get their first win on this five game homestand.
The patented head bob that Kelly does after big plays cost him a technical in the game after the ref thought he directed his gesture to an opponent, the league knows that Oubre has that flamboyant style and for some reason tonights crew were quick on the whistle.
Head Coach Monty Williams mixed up the starting line -up by starting De’Andre Ayton and Aaron Baynes at the same time, which allowed the team to be big enough to combat the best offensive rebounding team in the NBA in the Knicks.
Ayton at times showed some grit and aggressiveness in his movements on the court, and showed some competitive fire on a big block in the second half.
Ayton finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, and if he was locked in for the full 37 minutes that he played, he could have doubled those numbers.
Often times he looked winded and flat footed on potential rebound opportunities, and rushed his jump-shot and miss handled many passes that were thrown right to him.
Still finding his game legs and getting into rhythm with his teammates seems to be where Ayton is and will get better.
The next four games are winnable and the Suns sit at 14-21, and after this homestead could potentially be 18-21 and edge closer to getting back into the playoff race.