The Phoenix suns they remain undefeated in the NBA ‘bubble’ in Orlando after beat Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday (128-101), a victory that allows the whole of the Spanish base Ricky Rubio stay in the fight for the ‘play-in’ in the Western Conference, while Toronto Raptors, with a bad night from Marc Gasol and without Serge Ibaka, could (114-106) with a Milwaukee Bucks without Giannis Antetokounmpo.
With his sixth straight win, the best streak of the year, the Suns have a record of 32-39, placing themselves within a victory of the Memphis Grizzlies, eighth in the West and one of its rivals, along with Portland Trail Blazers (33-39) and San Antonio Spurs (31-38), to play that novel tie that the NBA has designed to choose the eighth of each conference in case that the difference between them is not very wide.
Monty Williams’ men arrived in Orlando with the mission of not failing and trying to win their eight games, their only option of being able to aspire to play that ‘play-in’. Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks will be your last two rivals to dream of it.
For his part, the Catalan base Ricky Rubio stood out in the most supportive side of the team, distributing 9 assistances in the 21 minutes he was on the track. The one from El Masnou also contributed 7 points, 5 rebounds and recovered a ball.
His best version was not necessary for the Arizona franchise, which had to recover at the outbreak of Oklahoma (23-37) and which again had a sensational Devin Booker, author of 35 points. At his side, Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson scored 18 points and that combined for a 9/16 triples, and Dario Saric, 16.
On the other hand, in the Eastern Conference the two best teams, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors, met with a 114-106 victory for the current champions in a game where both reserved several pieces, especially those of Nick Nurse who played without Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet, while his rival gave rest to Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Spanish pivot did play Marc Gasol, who did not have his best night in scoring since missed all five pitches, four of them from the triple, in his 20 minutes, but he showed his importance in the offensive game with eight assists. Regardless, the Canadian franchise made up for it with its bench, with Chris Boucher scoring 25 points and Matt Thomas, former Obradoiro and Valencia Basket, 22.
The Bucks, who had already secured first place in their conference, noticed more the absence of their star in a game where they were almost always in tow and in which they lost by 20 points.