Video: Suns’ Deandre Ayton dunks all over Rudy Gobert, gets the foul
It was another blowout loss for the struggling Phoenix Suns on Monday night, as they fell to the Utah Jazz, 125-92. If it’s any consolation though, what the Suns can take away from this defeat is how superstar Devin Booker absolutely torched the Jazz for a game-high 59 points. That and this monster jam by rookie big man Deandre Ayton over reigning Defensive Player of the Year winner Rudy Gobert:
Deandre Ayton punches it home! #TimeToRise
— NBA (@NBA) March 26, 2019
It was definitely a memorable one for Ayton, as he was able to absolutely get a clean dunk over Gobert. As a matter of fact, the Jazz defensive specialist was even called for a foul, which made this poster even more amazing. Credit to Suns guard Mikal Bridges for dropping a pinpoint pass to Ayton on the low block.
Other than the highlight reel jam, though, Ayton had a rather forgettable night and clearly struggled against Gobert. The 20-year-old scored only nine points on 4-of-7 shooting as he was stifled by Gobert all night long. Ayton also added seven rebounds, two steals, and a block in 31 minutes of play.
However, it is without question that the story of the evening was Booker’s amazing offensive onslaught. The 6-foot-6 guard shot 19-of-34 from the floor and 16-of-17 from the line en route to a 59-point performance.
Now at 17-58, the Suns hold the second-worst record in the league and are in a tight race with the New York Knicks (14-60) to secure the rights for the first overall pick in the upcoming draft, and effectively, the opportunity to sign Zion Williamson.