Monday, Feb. 22: Suns 132, Trail Blazers 100
The skinny: It wasn't a good night for the Trail Blazers, who fell behind and never caught up at Phoenix.
The Suns beat Portland 132-100 Monday in the first of three road games for the Blazers. The Suns led by as many as 37 points, and it's the worst loss of Portland's season.
Devin Booker had 34 points and Deande Ayton 19 for the Suns (20-10), who shot .505 from the field and .485 (16 of 33) from the 3-point line. They were efficient on offense with only seven turnovers.
The Blazers (18-12) shot just .316 from the 3-point line (12 of 38).
Damian Lillard had 24 points, going 1 of 7 on 3-pointers, and he had a minus-29 rating in the game.
Nassir Little had 18 points in just 16 minutes. Enes Kanter had 15 rebounds.
Gary Trent Jr. went 4 of 18 from the field (3 of 12 3-pointers) for 11 points.
Trent record: Trent set a Portland franchise record with his 11th consecutive game with three or more 3-pointers. He broke the record he held with CJ McCollum and Damon Stoudamire.
"Other than tonight, he's been very consistent," coach Terry Stotts said. "He's been a big part of our offense, a big reason why we were able to sustain a good offense when we lost CJ (McCollum)."
Bad quarter: The Blazers were coming off a loss to Washington in which they scored 81 points combined in the first and third quarters, and 31 combined in the second and fourth.
The clunker Monday was the third quarter, when Phoenix outscored Portland 37-17.
"Offensively we didn't shoot the ball well and score and they were efficient," Stotts said. "It went off track in the third quarter, which is an understatement."
Hot Suns: Phoenix, which improved with the additon of Chris Paul in the offseason, has won 12 of its past 14 games, and have now beaten New Orleans, Memphis and Portland in consecutive games by an average of 27 points.
Next up: The Blazers play the second game of a back-to-back, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Denver.
"We always bounce back," Stotts said. "That's been a trait of ours. Dame leads the way with that. In this league, you're going to have some bad losses and it's how you respond that matters."
Indeed, the Blazers lost by 28 points at Milwaukee on Feb. 1 and then won eight of the next nine games.
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