Phoenix Back On The Map

LeBron James scored 38 points and Devin Booker was ejected, but that didn’t stop the Phoenix Suns from winning their third straight game.

The Suns now have the second-best record in the NBA at 23-11.

“We weren’t nervous,” Mikal Bridges said of Booker’s departure. “Our best player goes out, and we just kept staying the course and fighting all the way to the end.”

The Suns are off to their best start since Jan. 2008, and they’re one of two teams in the top 10 for both offensive and defensive rating. Chris Paul has a track record of making teams better.

  • Hornets record, 2004-05 to 2005-06: 18-64 to 38-44
  • Clippers record, 2010-11 to 2011-12: 32-50 to 40-26
  • Rockets record, 2015-16 to 2016-17: 55-27 to 65-17

Suns coach Monty Williams previously coached Chris Paul when they took New Orleans to the playoffs in 2011.

The Suns haven’t made the postseason since 2010, but it looks like the drought is coming to an end.