The Phoenix Suns beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-107 on Tuesday night. Cam Johnson scored 29 points and seven 3-point shots; it was their fifth straight win.
Johnson shot 7 of 11 from beyond the arc and 10 of 17 overall. It was another excellent game for the former bench player, now a starter.
According to OKBET, the Suns (6-1) have now won five games in a row. Center Deandre Ayton was out with a sprained right ankle, but that didn’t stop them from winning.
Johnson helped his team when Devin Booker was having a stormy shooting night. Booker still had 18 points, but only 2 for seven from the 3-point range and 6 for 18 overall. He did get seven boards and give out five assists, though.
Anthony Edwards hit a 3-pointer in the middle of the fourth quarter to bring Minnesota within 87-85. But the Timberwolves turned the ball over six times in their next seven possessions, and after that, the Suns were never in danger.
Update on Wainright
Ish Wainright, a Suns player, lost his father on Monday. Calvin Wainright was a basketball coach and mentor in Kansas City for many years. He was 68 years old when he died. Ish Wainright has been hurt in the back since the start of the season. And hasn’t been with the team in recent days.
When his players heard the news, coach Monty Williams said, “They were all shocked by it, but they stood by him like they always do.”
Williams said he felt terrible for Steve Nash, a great player for the Suns and no longer coaching the Brooklyn Nets after a rough time there.
“It’s hard all the time. “I think we all know that these jobs can be hard,” Williams said. “No one has done so in recent years and has had to deal with more non-basketball stuff than he has. It’s hard to see from a distance.”
Timberwolves: G Jordan McLaughlin played after missing two games because of pain in his right heel. He got nine points in the end.
Suns: F Torrey Craig came back to play for Phoenix after hurting his left heel. The second game of the season for Dario Saric. He didn’t play in 2021-22 because he tore his ACL in the NBA Finals of 2021. Craig scored four points in his six minutes on the court, and Saric made a 3-pointer, which got a loud cheer from the crowd.