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.
“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.