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 37 points, Aron Baynes now holds the record for the most points scored by an Australian in a single NBA game. He's 9/14 from three-point land.- Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) March 7, 2020
The previous record was 34 (Simmons, Mills).
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.
Aron Baynes acting totally different in the 1Q:- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 7, 2020
😳 19 Pts
😳 5-5 3-PT FG pic.twitter.com/r6pd9hqj9S
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.
Players with 35+ points, 15+ rebounds, 9+ threes in a game in NBA history:- StatMuse (@statmuse) March 7, 2020
- James Harden
- Aron Baynes
Baynes had 37p, 16r, 9 3s tonight.
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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