Bridges scores 29, Suns pull away late, beat Raptors 114-106
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, left, shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and center Deandre Ayton during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
David Brandt, The Associated Press
Published Monday, January 30, 2023 11:39PM EST
PHOENIX (AP) — Mikal Bridges scored 29 points, Deandre Ayton added 22 points and 13 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns pulled away late to beat the Toronto Raptors 114-106 on Monday night.
The Suns won for the sixth time in seven games despite missing All-Star guard Devin Booker for the entire stretch. Neither team led by more than 10 points in a contest that featured 16 lead changes and five ties.
The Raptors trailed by nine to start the second half but scored 12 straight points in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the third quarter to take a 65-62 lead. Toronto took an 84-82 advantage into the fourth.
The game stayed tight from that point forward until Phoenix pulled away in the final minutes. Chris Paul hit a crucial 3-pointer to push the Suns ahead 106-102 with 1:30 left. Ayton added a tip-in with 51.4 seconds left to extend the advantage to 108-102.
Paul finished with 19 points and nine assists.
Bridges hit a pair of mid-range jumpers late in the fourth to give the Suns a boost. He had one of his best games of the season, shooting 12 of 19 from the field, including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers.
Toronto was led by Fred VanVleet's 24 points and nine assists. Gary Trent Jr. added 21 points while Pascal Siakam had 19.
Bridges scored 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting to push the Suns to a 62-53 halftime lead. Siakam led the Raptors with 12 before the break.
Raptors: O.G. Anunoby (wrist) and Otto Porter Jr. (foot) were out.
The team shot just 9-of-33 (27.3 per cent) from 3-point range.
Suns: Guards Devin Booker (groin), Cameron Payne (foot) and Landry Shamet (foot) were out.
The team hosted a 53rd straight sellout crowd.
Paul hit a 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer to give the Suns a 32-28 lead.
Dario Saric added 11 points over 14 minutes off the bench.
The Raptors travel to face Utah on Wednesday night.
The Suns host Atlanta on Wednesday night.