PHOENIX — Cam Johnson and Cameron Payne some scored 19 points to pb the Phoenix Suns to their franchise-record 18th triumph successful a row, beating the Detroit Pistons, 114-103, connected Thursday night.
Johnson and Payne sparked a stellar effort from the Suns bench, which finished with 48 points. Deandre Ayton had 17 points and 12 rebounds arsenic Phoenix improved to 19-3 for the season.
Phoenix won contempt not having starring scorer Devin Booker for the archetypal clip this season. The two-time All-Star suffered a near hamstring wounded successful the 2nd 4th of Tuesday’s crippled against the Golden State Warriors.
Phoenix changeable 76 percent successful the 2nd 4th and led 69-51 by halftime. Payne had 11 points successful the 2nd quarter.
The Pistons fought backmost successful the 3rd connected a 17-0 tally to get wrong 80-79 aft a 3-pointer by rookie Cade Cunningham. It appeared that Detroit tied it astatine 82 moments later, but a 3-point changeable by Hamidou Diallo was ruled to person travel aft the 24-second timepiece expired.
Phoenix stopped the rally erstwhile Payne deed 2 escaped throws and Landry Shamet made a 3, enabling Phoenix to instrumentality a six-point pb aft three.
Detroit did get wrong 5 points successful the 4th fourth a fewer times, the past with 2:57 remaining astatine 104-99 connected Saddiq Bey’s 3-pointer, but Jae Crowder connected from down the arc to support the Pistons chasing.
The Suns person not mislaid since Oct. 27, erstwhile Sacramento Kings guardant Harrison Barnes deed a 3-pointer arsenic clip ran retired for a 110-107 victory.
Jerami Grant had 34 points for Detroit, which fell to 2-10 connected the road. Cunningham — past year’s No. 1-overall draught prime — scored 19 points connected 8 of 15 shooting.