Booker and Suns’ Sharpshooting Overpower Hawks for 128-115 Victory

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The Phoenix Suns outscored the Atlanta Hawks 128-115 during Thursday’s NBA action, thanks to their exceptional performance from beyond the arc. Devin Booker led the Suns with 30 points, bolstered by Eric Gordon‘s 21 points off the bench, as the team hit an impressive 22 of 41 three-point attempts.

“This is more of what we expect out of our group, with the talent we have top to bottom,” Booker said, highlighting the team’s high expectations and their ability to meet them against the Hawks.

The Suns’ victory was characterized by efficient shooting and strategic plays, elevating them to 12 games above .500 for the first time this season at a 41-29 record. They have won six of their last nine games, showcasing a late-season surge that solidifies their playoff aspirations.

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The Atlanta Hawks, facing their own struggles, have lost five of their last six games despite Dejounte Murray‘s 29 points and De’Andre Hunter‘s 22 points contributing to their effort.

Phoenix’s bench played a pivotal role, contributing 47 points on 17 of 24 shooting, which coach Frank Vogel described as “Probably the best bench performance of the season.”

The Hawks aimed to narrow the Suns’ lead in the fourth quarter but were ultimately unable to overcome Phoenix’s sharpshooting, particularly the Suns’ over 50% three-point shooting rate that coach Quin Snyder admitted was difficult to counter.

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The Suns managed to secure the win despite challenges, including Devin Booker’s foul trouble and Jusuf Nurkic‘s injury, which momentarily sidelined them. Their resilience was on full display as they bounced back from an early deficit to tie the game in the second quarter and then take control by halftime.

Phoenix continues to fight for a direct spot in the playoffs, aiming to avoid the play-in tournament. “We want to finish in the top six,” Vogel stated, acknowledging the competitive nature of the Western Conference standings.

The Hawks, missing All-Star guard Trae Young due to injury, have struggled to maintain their momentum in his absence, going 6-7 without him.

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As both teams look ahead to their next matchups, with the Suns visiting San Antonio and the Hawks hosting Charlotte, they’ll be looking to build on their performances in this game.

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