The Phoenix Suns set a franchise record Thursday night by winning their 18th straight game after defeating the visiting Detroit Pistons, 114-103.
The previous record was held by the 2006-07 Suns, when they finished 61-21. Today Phoenix improved to 19-3, the league’s best so far this season.
The Suns achieved the franchise mark without point guard Devin Booker, who missed the game with a hamstring injury. With Booker out, Phoenix used a balanced effort to clinch the victory with seven players scoring in double figures led by Cameron Payne and Cameron Johnson, each with 19 points off the bench.
Chris Paul had 12 points and 12 assists, while Deandre Ayton had 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The Suns raised the lead to 18 points in the third quarter, but the Pistons, who hold the league’s worst record, refused to walk away quietly. They made it a one-possession game late in the third, but Phoenix quickly regrouped and held Detroit at bay for the win.
Phoenix, who earned the 17th win against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday and will play them again Friday night on ESPN.