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Led by Chris Paul and Devin Booker, Suns setting historic pace with another big win streak

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The Phoenix Suns already created history this season, reeling off a franchise-record 18-game win streak and after tonight’s 121-111 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, they extend their league-best run to 11 games.

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Sitting at the top of the Western Conference standings, three games clear of the Golden State Warriors, the Suns took care of a Nets team that didn’t go down lightly, but in the end, didn’t have enough firepower without Kevin Durant to overcome a rampant Phoenix team. 

Devin Booker led the way with 35 points, while Chris Paul dished out 14 assists to go with his 20 points.

If they continue at this current pace, they will become just the third team in NBA history to enter the All-Star break with a winning percentage above .900. The other two were the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors (48-4) and the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers who carried a 39-4 record (.907 win percentage) into the break. 

The 72-win Chicago Bulls of 1995-96 are responsible for the third-best record at the break in league history, with their 42-5 making for a .894 winning percentage.

The win over the Nets also means that the Suns now extend their franchise-best start to a season through 50 games (41-9), having already surpassed the 2006-07 team. 

Between now and the All-Star break, the Suns play eight more games, meaning they  could beat their 18-game win streak before the break, but they face a string of tough matchups, including some marquee nationally televised games against the Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks.

The road ahead – Suns upcoming schedule
Date Opponent Time (ET) National TV
Feb. 3 @ Hawks 7:30 p.m   
Feb. 5 @ Wizards 7:00 p.m.  
Feb. 7 @ Bulls 8:00 p.m. NBA TV
Feb. 8 @ 76ers 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 10 vs. Bucks 10:00 p.m. TNT
Feb. 12 vs. Magic 9:00 p.m.
Feb. 15 vs. Clippers 10:00 p.m. TNT
Feb. 16 vs. Rockets 9:00 p.m.
Feb. 24 @ Thunder 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 25 vs. Pelicans 9:00 p.m.

After winning 51 games last season and earning a trip to the NBA Finals, the Suns have a projected win total of 62 games this season,  per FiveThirtyEight  and according to Tankathon , they have the fifth easiest schedule the rest of the way.

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