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One stat that proves Devin Booker, Chris Paul have turned Suns into legit contenders

Suns, Devin Booker, Chris Paul

The Phoenix Suns came up with a statement win on Wednesday night, defeating the Utah Jazz in overtime to move just 1.5 games behind the Jazz at the top of the Western Conference standings. The Suns are now 36-14 on the season and just guaranteed Devin Booker’s first .500 or better season in his career.

This will be the first time the Suns make it to the postseason since the 2009-10 season. The team made an exciting run in the NBA bubble last year before making a big splash by acquiring Chris Paul, and everything has been clicking. They’ve been so good this year, the team has proven to be the best in the league when facing other top teams, per Gerald Bourguet.

An impressive stat to say the least. Playing this well against the top of the league bodes well for Phoenix’s playoff hopes, especially with the superteams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. The Suns have shown the world they’re one of the best this year and have a solid chance to make a deep run in the playoffs.

Booker leads the team, averaging 26.1 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game. Most importantly, though, the Suns play together as a cohesive unit on both ends of the floor. Chris Paul’s presence is felt in a massive way, as he was the missing piece this organization needed to take that next step forward.

Look for the Suns to continue playing at a high level as they don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Catch their next game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. The Suns aim to put themselves four games ahead of the Clippers, though this will be a real tough game on the back-to-back.