Phoenix Suns improve to 7-0 in the bubble and keep the playoff hopes alive

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Stefan Djordjevic

12/Aug/20 11:02

Phoenix won, Memphis lost and the race for a playoff spot in the Western Conference has stayed crowded with four teams having a shot

By Stefan Djordjevic/

The Phoenix Suns continued their amazing run since the NBA restart, keeping it perfect with the seventh straight win that came against the Philadelphia 76ers, 130-117.

Devin Booker was leading the way once again for the Suns with 35 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while Mikal Bridges helped with 24, Dario Saric with 18 and Ricky Rubio with 16 points. The Spanish guard also dished ten assists.

For Philadelphia, Alec Burks scored 23 in addition to Raul Neto’s 22 and Mike Scott’s 15 points. Furkan Korkmaz had a solid game with 12 points.

This win puts Phoenix at the tenth spot in the West with 33-39, the same record as Memphis which has the advantage in head-to-head duels.

There’s one game left to be played for both teams and the Suns have a very good chance to enter the play-in games if they beat the Mavericks since Memphis will go against the Bucks in their last seeding game.

Memphis was also on the court last night as they suffered their sixth loss in the bubble, against Boston 122-107.

Jayson Tatum was the leading scorer for the winning side with 29 points while Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker helped with 19 each. Enes Kanter logged 11 points and eight boards.

For Memphis, Ja Morant had 26 points and 13 assists while Jonas Valanciunas put on a double-double as well, with 14 points and ten boards.

In a game that didn’t mean much to either side as they have both been out of the playoff race, the Sacramento Kings beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-106.

Harrison Barnes led the way with 25 points while the Serbian duo of Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica followed with 16 and 13 points respectively.

Jahlil Okafor scored 21 for the Pelicans while Frank Jackson added 18 and Lonzo Ball 16 points.

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