PHOENIX, Arizona — The Phoenix Suns worked their way into the wins column behind the stellar play of former lottery picks Dragan Bender (#4 overall, 2016) and Josh Jackson (#4 overall, 2017) as they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-100 on Sunday night.
“We like the way we played,” Triano said. “We shot a lot of 3s, which is what we want to do. We got into our drive-and-kick game. I thought we were solid defensively. I think they missed a bunch of shots as well. This is a game that we feel really good about and it’s a step for us. It’s a step for us for sure.”
Devin Booker led the way for the Suns with 26 points followed by TJ Warren’s 23 point night effort. However it was the effort from the Suns bench players that lifted them to their 16th victory of the year. Tyson Chandler had 8 points and 13 rebounds.
Dragan Bender scored 17 of his career-high 20 points in the second half. He also tallied 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks in 39 minutes of action. The 7’1 235 pound Bender shot 77.8 percent from the field, is just 20 years of age. Bender made a career-best six 3-pointers, going 5 of 6 in the second half. The Suns made a season-high 17 3s in 39 attempts while Oklahoma City was 8 of 27.
Meanwhile, former Kansas Jayhawk Josh Jackson had 17 points, 10 rebounds and5 assists as he recorded the first double-double of his rookie season in 31 minutes of action.
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Russell Westbrook had his 14th triple-double of the season and second in a row with 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Paul George added 19 points and Steven Adams 18 for the Thunder.
“In the first half we did not play like we had played the last couple of games,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. “Then we tried to get back to that level. We got back to it for a little bit but we couldn’t get all the way there.”
The Thunder will host the Portland Trailblazers on Tuesday night.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post Sports
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