It brings me great sadness to report that the longest winning streak in the NBA is still alive: The Phoenix Suns have defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 120-115 and pushed the Cavs’ losing streak to 5 games. Anyway, Booker made all 7 of his field goal attempts in the first quarter and stayed hot en route to a 24-point first half. They missed a hearty handful of layups, Allen couldn’t keep it going and the Suns turned a five-point halftime deficit into a double-digit lead. Cedi Osman was fantastic in his first game back from injury and almost single handedly willed the Cavaliers back into the game in the fourth, but he was no match for Chris Paul and the fourth-quarter Suns.
This game was played at the Suns’ pace, and it was certainly jarring to see a team as laborious as the Cavs – they’re 25th in pace – running with the fourth-fastest team in the league. For a brutally injured young team with a brutally brutal schedule, the Cavs have rarely felt truly out of a game this season, and that feels like it should count for something.