The Phoenix Suns took care of business on Wednesday afternoon, absolutely pasting the Portland Trail Blazers in their final preseason game.
The Suns lead by 21 at halftime, then by 40 midway through the fourth quarter. Chris Paul did not play in the game, but Devin Booker made his return with 17 points in 18 first-half minutes. Deandre Ayton chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds in 15 first-half minutes of his own.
The second half belonged to the Suns bench players, blowing the Blazers off the floor. Four different bench players had 10+ points, while Elfrid Payton came close to a triple double (8/9/8 with 4 steals) as Payne’s backup without looking like he was forcing anything.
Suns fans gave the team a standing ovation as the clock ran out with a Suns win, 119-74.
—Get some rest Chris Paul and WELCOME BACK Devin Booker!
How it unfolded
The whole regular Blazers lineup began the game, while Chris Paul sat out for the Suns and Devin Booker made his first appearance since winning the gold medal at the Olympics.
Cameron Payne got the start in place of Chris Paul, his first start since putting up 29 points, 9 assists and 0 turnovers to help the Suns win game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
Devin Booker missed a three on the Suns first possession, followed by a Suns steal and a Mikal Bridges side-step three.