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Suns Dominate, Snap Reno’s Longest Winning Streak in Four Years

By Jacob Withee | January 6, 2018

RENO, Nev. – The Reno Bighorns had been one of the hottest teams in the NBA G League going into Friday night’s game against the Northern Arizona Suns at the Reno Events Center. The Suns jumped out to a big lead early and never relented, winning 125-104.

The Suns snapped Reno’s six-game winning streak, their longest regular season winning streak since Feb. 21-March 7, 2014 (also six games).

Northern Arizona (9-14) led 31-20 after the first quarter, taking the lead after the opening 12 minutes for the fifth straight game. The Suns never trailed in this one, only seeing one tie in the contest at 13-13. The Suns shot 45-of-89 (.506) from the field, improving to 7-1 when shooting 50 percent or better.

The big difference in this one came from beyond the arc. The Suns entered averaging the most three-pointers in the league, and it would stay that way, as NAZ made 19-of-44 (.432) from beyond the arc compared to Reno’s 6-of-25 (.240) clip from distance.

Josh Gray had a monster game, as the starting point guard achieved a point-rebound double-double. He recorded 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting (5-of-10 from three-point land), 10 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals. The seven steals tied a team record (Shaquille Harrison on Dec. 19 this season at Oklahoma City).

Since taking over the starting role, Gray has averaged 19.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 5.0 steals in four games.

Xavier Silas tied Gray for the team-lead in scoring, also notching 26 points on 7-of-15 shooting, 4-of-10 from beyond the arc. He tallied one rebound, earning the 500th of his career. He is one of 12 players in NBA G League history with 500 career rebounds and 300 career three-point field goal makes.

Phoenix Suns Two-Way forward Alec Peters missed his fifth consecutive game scoring 20+ points just barely with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, 5-of-9 from deep, six rebounds and three assists.

Davon Reed, playing in his second game on assignment from the Phoenix Suns, recorded 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes.

Eric Stuteville rounded out the starting lineup as each member found their way in double-digit scoring tonight. He tallied a career-high 12 points (was 11 on Nov. 26 at Fort Wayne) on 4-of-6 shooting, to go with five rebounds.

Aaron Harrison led the Bighorns with 18 points off the bench. Marcus Williams (14 points), Matt Jones (13 points), Justin Jackson (13 points) and David Stockton (10 points) also scored in double figures for Reno. Sacramento Kings assignee Georgios Papagiannis tallied nine points and 12 rebounds.

The Suns are a perfect 2-0 in 2018 and now have a few-days break before they head to the NBA G League Showcase. They will start the two-game set in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, against the Erie BayHawks on Wednesday at 11 a.m. MT. The Bighorns play once more before the Showcase, as they’ll host the Salt Lake City Stars at the Golden 1 Center Sunday at 5 p.m. MT.

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