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Updated January 2nd, 2024 at 15:17 IST

Suns, without Durant, rout Trail Blazers 109-88 for 4th straight win

Bradley Beal scored 21 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Portland Trail Blazers 109-88 on Monday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Durant, Booker lead Suns to fifth straight win, beating skidding Warriors 123-115
Durant, Booker lead Suns to fifth straight win, beating skidding Warriors 123-115 | Image:AP

 Bradley Beal scored 21 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Portland Trail Blazers 109-88 on Monday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

With Kevin Durant sidelined by right hamstring tightness, the Suns had seven players score in double figures. Jusuf Nurkic, playing against his former team, had 18 points. Chimezie Metu, starting for Durant, scored 14, and Grayson Allen and reserve Eric Gordon each had 12.

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Phoenix star Devin Booker was held to 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting, but contributed eight rebounds and six assists. Bol Bol helped make up for Durant's absence with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Durant scored 31 points in Sunday’s victory over Orlando, but coach Frank Vogel said he tweaked the hamstring late in the game.

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“He was able to finish the game, but it was enough to keep him out,” Vogel said before Monday’s win. “He’s day to day.”

Scoot Henderson led the Trail Blazers with 17 points. Jerami Grant scored 15 points, and Malcolm Brogdon and Jabari Walker each had 10.

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Portland played without former Phoenix center Deandre Ayton, who was sidelined by right knee tendinitis. Toumani Camara also missed the game with right knee soreness.

The Blazers haven’t won on the road since Nov. 30 against Cleveland. That was their last win before a seven-game losing streak that ended when they beat the Suns 109-104 in Portland on Dec. 19.

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Nurkic and Allen were acquired by Phoenix in a three-way deal with Portland and Milwaukee in September that included Ayton going from Phoenix for the Trail Blazers.

Portland led 29-20 after the first quarter, but the Suns took the lead for good at 43-42 on a basket by Gordon in the second quarter and went on to lead by as many as 26 points.

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NEXT

Portland: At Dallas on Wednesday.

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Phoenix: Hosts Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

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Published January 2nd, 2024 at 15:17 IST

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