NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Chicago 25 18 38 32 113
Phoenix 32 32 42 26 132
6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)03:0021:00 ET8:00 PM CTNaN:� , November 30, 2022
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Suns carry five-game win streak into clash with Bulls

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns

  1. The Suns have won five in a row over the Bulls, matching their longest win streak against Chicago in the last 40 years (1999-2002, 2004-07). Phoenix won by 27 points the last time it hosted the Bulls, its largest margin of victory ever in this matchup.
  2. The Bulls improved to 3-1 in their last four games with a 114-107 win in Utah on Monday. It marked Chicago's 17th straight game with 100+ points, its second-longest such streak in the last 30 years behind only an 18-game streak in 2019.
  3. DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points on Monday with 22 coming in the second half. Over his last six games, he is averaging 19.7 points on 56.8-percent shooting with 15 assists and only three turnovers after halftime.
  4. Phoenix won its fifth game in a row with a 122-117 win in Sacramento on Monday. Its previous four victories during its win streak came at home, where the Suns are 11-1 on the year with an average scoring margin of +11.3.
  5. Devin Booker scored 44 points on Monday, giving him 558 through his 20 games this year, the most by any Suns player through 20 games of a season in franchise history.
  6. Deandre Ayton has notched a double-double in six consecutive games, the longest such streak of his career and the longest by any Sun since Alex Len had a six-game streak in 2016. The last Sun with a longer such streak was Marcin Gortat in January 2012 (9).

Everything is coming together for the Phoenix Suns, who look to extend their winning streak to six games when they face the visiting Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

Even with point guard Chris Paul sidelined, the Suns have looked unstoppable as of late. Three-time All-Star Devin Booker is a major reason why.

Booker had 44 points, eight rebounds and six steals in a 122-117 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday.

"That's kind of what I get paid to do," Booker said. "I was worried about getting everyone else involved. Late in the game we got a lot of open shots."

Booker is averaging 27.9 points on 47.0 percent shooting for the Suns, who boast the Western Conference's best record at 14-6.

Paul has missed the past 10 games due to right heel soreness and is listed as day-to-day. Phoenix has gone 7-3 during that stretch with Cameron Payne starting in Paul's place.

The Suns have won their last five meetings against Chicago, which is 2-1 midway through its six-game road trip.

DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points to lead the Bulls to a 114-107 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday. Zach LaVine added 20 points, and Nikola Vucevic tallied 16 points and nine rebounds.

Chicago head coach Billy Donovan was impressed by his team's performance in the final minutes.

"I thought we made good decisions coming down the stretch," Donovan said. "I thought the guys got organized. I thought we generated good shots, even the ones we missed."

The Bulls also received a spark off the bench from guard Coby White. The fourth-year pro scored 15 points against Utah and is shooting 9 of 17 from 3-point range over the last three games.

Patrick Williams was held to five points and five rebounds in Monday's victory, but the 6-foot-7 forward has played well in recent weeks.

Williams, the fourth pick from the 2020 draft, has averaged 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots in 13 games this month.

"I always felt like I had what it took to be a really good player in this league," Williams said. "But now I'm starting to feel like I have what it takes to be a star and a superstar in this league. So I'm kind of just trying to take that role on and build on it day by day."

The Bulls will need a strong effort from Williams against Phoenix, which is 11-1 at home this season.

In addition to defending Booker, Chicago will need to contend with Suns center Deandre Ayton.

The reigning Western Conference Player of the Week posted a career-best sixth consecutive double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds in Monday's win over Sacramento.

Ayton has taken on a greater role in his fifth season as one of the Suns' leaders.

"I'm the main guy who has to be ready to play every night," Ayton said. "I cannot be that guy who is easing into games. For this team I have to be that energizer, that dude who is making those plays, who is on the glass, who is dunking the ball, who is getting the crowd in it, setting all our screens, setting the tone of the physicality, moving people out of the way."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 29, 2022

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