Phoenix Suns

Aron Baynes sets Australian NBA record, sparks comfortable win with career night against the Trail Blazers

A career game from Aron Baynes helped the Phoenix Suns snap a four-game skid with a comfortable win against the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.

The Aussie went off for a career-high 37 points, knocking down a career-high nine 3-pointers in the process.

With the team's talented sophomore center in Deandre Ayton missing this game due to an illness, Baynes started taking over the game from the first period.

He scored 19 of the team's 34 points in the first quarter.

After the first 12 minutes, the Suns led by 12 but neither Baynes nor the Suns let go off the momentum. They led by as many as 26 in this wire-to-wire victory that saw their starters combine for 115 of the team's points.

The Suns' backcourt of Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio weren't having a great shooting night (combined 13-31 FGs; 4-12 3Ps) but they combined for 22 of the team's 29 assists.

However, without a doubt, the star for the Suns was the Aussie center.

Baynes' 16 rebounds was one off his career-high. Baynes had started this season on fire with the Suns but a majority of those games were without the team's young center in Ayton.

This 37-point outburst comes after 12 straight single-digit outings. For the season, he is averaging career-highs across the board with 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 3-point makes per game.

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