Suns Hit Record 24 Threes, CP 3 Catches Big O As Suns Win 8th in Last 9 Games

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  • The Phoenix Suns defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 128-97 on Saturday.
  • Phoenix has won eight out of their last nine games played.
  • BetOnline has the Suns as a +1600 to win the Western Conference.

The Phoenix Suns entered this season with high expectations.

Phoenix was the only unbeaten team during last season’s bubble tournament seeding games. The Suns came up short of making the playoffs but their impressive run made them one of the teams to watch during the 2020-21 NBA season.

Then they made a big splash during the offseason, acquiring point guard Chris Paul to help Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton make the next level. Phoenix was off to a fast start to the season but after watching three games postponed due to COVID-19 protocols, they hit a funk and fell to 8-8 on the year. However, the Suns have picked it up as of late and they have lost just twice in their last 13 games played.

On Saturday night, the Suns routed the Memphis Grizzlies 128-97 for their 19th win of the season. Devin Booker scored 23 points while Cameron Payne added 19 points off the bench. But it wasn’t just the two who helped the Suns win back to back road games. Seven Phoenix players hit at least one three-pointer and the team set a new franchise record for three-pointers on Saturday.

New Franchise Record

The Suns knocked down a total of 24 out of their 46 three-point attempts on Saturday night, setting a new franchise record for most three-point baskets made in a single game. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne each made five three-pointers while Chris Paul and Mikal Bridges hit four treys apiece. Dario Saric sank three triples while Frank Kaminsky had two and Jae Crowder one.

One day earlier, Phoenix tied its previous franchise mark of 22 in a win over the New Orleans Pelicans. In their last two games, the Suns have made 46-85 three pointers or 54.11% of their attempts from deep.

Aside from the team setting a franchise record for three-point makes, Phoenix point guard Christ Paul also reached a milestone in the game, passing Oscar Robertson for sixth place in the NBA’s all-time passing list despite playing just 22 minutes with the game in the bag for the Suns as early as halftime. CP3 had six assists in the game for 9,891 for his career, four more than the Big O’s career mark.

Suns Feeling Good

With the win, the Suns swept their short two-game road trip played on back to back nights. Prior to this trip, the Suns lost just once in their seven-game home stand. Overall, the Suns are 8-2 in their last 10 games with eight victories in their previous nine assignments. They have moved to 19-10 on the season which is good for fourth place in the Western Conference, just two games behind the Lakers and Clippers for second place.

Up next for the Suns is a home game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. Like the Suns, the Blazers have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games. Portland saw their six-game winning streak end at the Moda Center against the streaking Washington Wizards.

Per online sportsbook BetOnline, the Suns have the 5th best odds to win the Western Conference at +1600 and the 10th best odds to win the NBA title at +3300. Although they aren’t expected to win either, but their standing in the upper half of the league shows how good they have been this season. If their young guys continue to jell with CP3, these Suns are going to be a tough customers in the postseason.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.