The Rundown: Suns stave off Jazz for fourth straight win

Published November 27, 2022, 4:00 PMMiguel Flores

Deandre Ayton dominated the court as the No. 1 Suns took down the slumping Jazz.


Raptors 105, Mavericks 100

Rockets 118, Thunder 105

Lakers 143, Spurs 138

Suns 113, Jazz 112

What went down

After all the hoopla early in the season, the Phoenix Suns are cruising at the top of the West and they’ve been doing it with Chris Paul sidelined.

Today, the Suns picked up their fourth win in a row, escaping the Utah Jazz at home. It wasn’t the best shooting game for the Suns, who converted just 45.2 percent of their field goals and went 6-for-22 from deep. But they got another massive game from Deandre Ayton, which helped them stave off the Jazz.

Rocking the clean ‘90s purple Suns throwbacks, Ayton dropped a Barkley-esque line of 29 points on 11-for-21 shooting with 21 rebounds and two blocks. This was his second monstrous line in a row after hanging 28 points and 12 rebounds on the Detroit Pistons yesterday.

The Suns have been a lethal group on both ends of the court, surviving in Paul’s absence thanks to performances like this from Ayton, Mikal Bridges, and Cam Payne. At 13-6, they look the most stable among a crowded Western Conference top four.

The Jazz, on the other hand, have cooled down since lighting teams up to start the season. They've lost seven of their last eight games and are 12-10 for the season. Still, those losses have come during a particularly rough stretch in their schedule. With their next handful of games at home, the Jazz should get a chance to regroup.

Big-time baller

If there’s something that will get a player back on the good graces of Los Angeles Lakers fans, it’s dusting rivals San Antonio Spurs on the road.

LeBron James and the Lakers topped the Spurs for the second day in a row, and this time, The King cooked up a classic line. He managed a season-high 39 points with seven triples on top of 11 boards, and three assists.

The Lakers are far from turning their season around with their 7-11 record, but at least they’ve put their miserable start behind them.

What he said

Ja Morant took the time to appreciate his matchup against Zion Williamson yesterday. It was the first time the top two picks of the 2019 Draft got to share the court since 2021.

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Russell Westbrook looked like an Attitude Era WWE wrestler after taking this shot from Zach Collins.