Sophomore forward Mikal Bridges scored 14 points and All-Star Devin Booker notched 13 points, as the Phoenix Suns downed the Utah Jazz, 101-88.
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Phoenix Suns took control of the game late in the first quarter and never looked back as the Arizona-based team won with a 13-point advantage. Mikal Bridges and Suns star Devin Booker led the way scoring 14 and 13 points respectively.
Bridges also recorded 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and shot a stellar 66.7% field goal clip while Booker also recorded 2 rebounds and 3 assists in 20 minutes of action. Starting center Deandre Ayton led the team with 8 rebounds.
Back-up guard Ty Jerome, who started in the absence of Ricky Rubio, contributed 8 points and 3 assists. Rubio has just got in his first practice with the team yesterday after testing positive for COVID-19 a few weeks ago.
Jazz star Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 17 points, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block while making 3 out 4 shots from beyond-the-arc, although it was not enough to deliver the win. Sixth man Jordan Clarkson and guard Mike Conley scored 14 and 12 respectively to provide more firepower but received a little offensive help from the Stifle Tower, Rudy Gobert, who scored only 5 points. Aussie all-around forward Joe Ingles amassed 6 points in 3 out of 9 field goals.
The Utah Jazz is set to face the New Orleans Pelicans during the first official day of the NBA Season Restart on July 30, 6:30 PM E.T while the Phoenix Suns will battle it out against the Washington Wizards on July 31, 4 PM E.T.
Suns (101)- Bridges 14, Booker 13, Ayton 13, Saric 12, Payne 11, Carter 10, Johnson 9, Jerome 8, Kaminsky 8, Diallo 3
Jazz (88)- Mitchell 17, Clarkson 14, Conley 12, Niang 9, Ingels 6, Mudiay 6, Gobert 5, Oni 5, Bradley 4, Brantley 4, O’Neale 2, Wright-Foreman 2,Davis 0, Morgan 0