The Phoenix Suns have won a league-best 35 games this season, including wins in 34 of their last 40 games. They have a 3.5 game lead over the next-best NBA team and are beginning what looks like another roll with a 5-game win streak and counting.
Among the 35 wins, the Suns have a league-best 70% winning percentage (14-6 record) against teams that have a winning record today, and an even better 78% win rate (18-5) against teams that had a winning record at the time the Suns played them.
All this with the Big Three of Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker and Chris Paul only sharing the floor in 23 of the team’s first 44 games.
The Suns are good. Very good. Probably the best team in franchise history, and arguably the best bet to win the NBA title this year because they simply execute down the stretch better than any contender.
What’s so special about a win over the Dallas Mavericks — a team the Suns had beaten eight straight times — on a Thursday night in January then?
Because this Suns win was on the road in Dallas, at the end of a five-game road trip, against a team that was healthy and playing extremely well. Dallas had won 10 of their last 11 games, including a strong win over Memphis a week ago. Dallas came in with a 26-19 record, 5th in the West playoff seedings.