Phoenix Suns set franchise record with 18th straight win

Phoenix Suns won a franchise record 18th consecutive game Thursday night as they topped the Detroit Pistons, 114-103, at Footprint Center.

The Suns (19-3) broke the previous record of 17 in a row set in 2006-07 as that team also won 15 consecutive games.

Phoenix Suns set franchise record

“I haven’t talked about streaks of any kind just because we’ve been so focused on improving, but it is really cool to be a part of something like that,” Suns coach Monty Williams said after the game. 

Minus Devin Booker, Phoenix limited Detroit (4-18) to 18 points in the first quarter in building a double-digit lead. The two-time All-Star missed Thursday’s game after suffering a left hamstring strain in Tuesday’s win over Golden State.

Phoenix led 69-51 at halftime. Seven Suns reached double figures as Cameron Payne and Cameron Johnson each scored a game-high 19 points off the bench.

Landry Shamet, who got the start for Booker, scored 14 to match his jersey number. His fourth 3 gave Phoenix a 109-99 lead with 1:57 left in the game.

Jerami Grant paced Detroit with a game-high 34 points as the Pistons went on a 17-0 run to cut the lead to one, 80-79, late in the game before Phoenix answered in closing out the game and making history.

“It was pretty cool, right,” Johnson said. “It’s a group that’s come a long way, and it’s a group that’s a lot of fun to play with. Coaches that are fun to play for. A city that’s fun to play in front of. So just that shared, collective enjoyment of this process has been great.”  

As the game concluded, the Suns received a standing ovation from the fans.

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