Phoenix Suns in tune with overtime victory against Utah Jazz

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The Suns took over first place in the West with a big win over Utah on Friday night.

Daniel Moreno, Reporter

In an epic overtime clash between the two best records in the West, Phoenix gained ground on the first seeded Utah Jazz as they secured the win in thrilling fashion Wednesday night at Phoenix Suns Arena.

The Suns are now 2-0 against the league-leading Jazz as they move into the home stretch of the NBA regular season, looking destined for the playoffs.

While the Suns Devin Booker and Chris Paul were clearly the stars of the show last night, none of it would have been possible without Deandre Ayton.

Going into the end of the fourth quarter, Ayton secured multiple offensive rebounds and was able to pull off a miracle tip-in to save the game.

The Suns have been able to move on from putting all the weight on Paul and Booker.  Ayton has been able to shine when other teams are distracted by the two stars.

“You can feel the energy on the court, and you just want to play hard for them,” Ayton said.

While playing dominant ball on the offensive end, Ayton has also put up three blocks, creating rhythm and pace from protecting the rim.

With 5,000 fans allowed back into the building for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the players seemed fueled by the noise that became so unfamiliar after playing in front of cardboard cutouts for so long.

Wednesday’s game seemed to become closer than it needed to be near the end of regulation time as Donovan Mitchell hit a contested, off balance, pull up 3-pointer with about ten seconds remaining in the game.

Booker then went on to miss the game winner as he appeared to allow the defender to dictate his shot instead of trying to put some pressure on the defense by attacking the rim.

However, Chris Paul was ultimately the reason they were able to get the victory, with 29 points on 50% shooting from the field.

“I think we did a good job of weathering the storm,” Paul said.

The Suns take their seven game winning streak on the road tonight against the L.A. Clippers, in a crucial contest against their closest competitor in the Western Conference.