Suns Sneak Peek: Suns vs Heat

Devin Booker Heat

Two of the hottest teams in the NBA in both name and record tip-off tonight as the Miami Heat come to town to face the Phoenix Suns.

PHOENIX FACTS:

The Suns are 5-2 for the first time since 2013-14 and have a chance to improve to 6-2 for the first time since opening 7-1 in 2009-10.

If the Suns improve to 6-2, Monty Williams would match Alvin Gentry and Terry Porter for the best eight-game start to a coaching tenure in Suns history.

Devin Booker scored 40 on 15-of-19 shooting in Monday’s win over Philadelphia, surpassing 6,000 career points and recording his 10th career 40-point game, passing Tom Chambers for the second-most 40-point games in Suns history (Amar’e Stoudemire, 15).

Booker is currently the only qualified NBA player shooting at least 50% from the field and three-point and 90% from the free throw line, shooting career bests 53.3 FG%, 50 3P% and 90.3 FT%. 

Aron Baynes has recorded at least 15 points, 4 assists and 2 three-pointers in each of his last three games.

For more into the numbers of the Suns hot start: CLICK HERE

SUNS VS HEAT HISTORY: 

In the most recent meeting, the Suns scored 40 points in the fourth quarter, shooting 14-18 FG, 5-8 3FG and 7-7 FT. 

Last season, former Heat Tyler Johnson scored 12 points against the Suns in the first meeting, then 18 points for the Suns second meeting. 

The Suns hold the all-time record against the Heat with a 33-28 series lead. The Suns won the first 16 meetings in the series, the longest streak in series history.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING:

BOOKER ON TYLER JOHNSON: “Tyler is always locked in, man. Every single day, you can see it on his face when he is in the game that he is just focused. He is focused on the goal at hand, he is focused on stopping his man. I think that comes from playing on good teams in Miami. He didn’t say we have to be like Miami but he takes a little of what he learned there and tries to implement it to us younger players. But big effort from him.” 

COACH WILLIAMS ON BOOKER: “I’ve said it for a while, he’s a complete basketball player. He’s competitive, not afraid of the moment, he makes big plays, and the thing I like about Devin is he’ll get off of it. It wasn’t just his scoring, he’s a willing passer. He gets off of the ball and finds guys for open shots, but in those moments, we have to get out of the way sometimes. It’s not a structure, it’s just a really good basketball player going to work.”

ARON BAYNES: “How can it not be fun? It is fun for everyone here involved. That is one of the good feelings we have right now is we understand that when we’re playing within the system and the ball is moving and everyone’s getting a shot, taking the best shot for the team. That is when it is fun, when we keep playing defense the way we are, it allows us to get out in transition. It is fun through sticking to the little things and doing the little things consistently and making the most of every single play, that is how we have our fun. Of course it is fun out there.” 

HOW TO WATCH:

Be sure to tune into the action on Fox Sports Arizona or get you tickets HERE and head down to Talking Stick Resort Arena for the seven o’clock tip.

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