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Chris Paul, Suns Beat Pistons for Franchise-Record 18th Straight Win

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVDecember 3, 2021

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No-loss November has carried into December for the Phoenix Suns.

While Devin Booker, who coined the phrase for their undefeated efforts last month, was sidelined with a hamstring injury, Phoenix extended its winning streak to an astounding 18 games with a 114-103 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.

The 18 straight wins set a franchise record and set the stage for a thrilling Friday night clash with the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center.

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Chris Paul (12 points, 12 assists and two steals) and Deandre Ayton (17 points and 12 rebounds) led the way with double-doubles in a balanced effort against the Pistons. They were two of seven Suns who finished in double figures with Cameron Johnson and Cameron Payne each posting a team-high 19 points.

The Suns also caught fire from three-point range for stretches (57.1 percent) and survived a lackluster third quarter thanks to a strong finishing kick.

Jerami Grant was the bright spot for the Pistons and posted 34 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

The question now becomes how far can the Suns extend this streak as they get into a December schedule that features road games against the Warriors, L.A. Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.

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That doesn't even include a home date with Golden State on Christmas Day.

Chances are Phoenix will not go a second consecutive month without a loss, but it has played its way to the top of the Western Conference standings at 19-3.

The Warriors are 18-3, so the winner of Friday's game will have temporary bragging rights as the Western Conference playoff chase heats up.          

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