Balanced Nets beat Suns 116-112, spoiling debut of Phoenix’s All-Star trio

Cam Thomas scored 24 factors, Mikal Bridges added 21 in his return to the desert and the Brooklyn Nets held on to beat the Phoenix Suns 116-112 on Wednesday evening, spoiling the debut of the crew’s All-Star trio.

The Nets have gained seven of their previous 9.

The Suns trailed by eight factors on the break however rallied for an 88-86 lead heading into the fourth. The sport stayed tight all through the ultimate quarter, however the Nets took the lead with about 10 minutes remaining and by no means gave it up.

Spencer Dinwiddie hit a 3 to place the Nets up 112-106 with 1:54 left. He adopted with a layup on the crew’s subsequent offensive possession and completed with 16 factors.

The Suns tried to make it an in depth on the finish

The Suns lower it to 114-112 with 28 seconds left, however Thomas hit two free throws with 3 seconds left to seal it. Thomas scored 10 factors within the fourth.

It was the primary time this season – within the twenty fourth sport – that Phoenix’s Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal performed on the identical evening. The trio’s debut was delayed due to numerous accidents, notably Beal’s sore again, which has restricted him to 5 video games this season.

Booker had 34 factors and 12 assists, Durant added 27 factors and Beal had 14. Jusuf Nurkic had 15 factors and a season-high 22 rebounds.

The Nets led by 15 in the course of the first half earlier than settling for a 64-56 halftime benefit. Cam Johnson led the Nets with 15 factors on 5-of-5 capturing earlier than the break, together with three 3-pointers. Booker led the Suns with 17.

Bridges and Johnson returned to play a sport for the primary time for the reason that Suns traded the pair to the Nets as a part of a package deal that introduced Durant to Phoenix on the commerce deadline final season. The 2 had been essential – and standard – members of the 2021 Suns crew that superior to the Finals earlier than shedding to the Milwaukee Bucks in six video games.

Each gamers obtained a loud, prolonged ovation throughout a tribute video earlier than the sport.


Nets: At Denver on Thursday evening.

Suns: Host New York on Friday evening.

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