Season recap: remembering the top 5 games of the 2020-21 Phoenix Suns season

The Phoenix Suns will most likely end up at number two in the west, and it’s been a hell of a trip to get to that point. The playoffs are set to begin shortly, so it seems like an appropriate time to step back and admire the highs this season has seen.

It is difficult to rate games like this because many of them are on the same level for me. The best way to separate them was to tie the importance of each opponent / scenario, keeping in mind health and importance for each side.

We’ll start at number five and work our way up to number one. Time to relive some fun.

# 5: comeback wins Curtsey at Madison Square Garden (04/26/21)

Brief review: The Knicks were in control for most of the night – led by up to 15 – but a late game push drove Phoenix to victory. Chris Paul hit some absolutely insane shots to end the game that will be very hard to forget.

Notable Statistics:

  • Chris Paul – 20 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 8/12 FG.
  • Devin Booker – 33 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 14/26 FG.
  • Mikal Bridges – 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 8/12 FG.

# 4: Sun’s Top Clippers on ESPN, Playoff Place (04/28/21)

Brief review: No, Kawhi did not play in that game. Yes, the suns still have all they can from Paul George and his company. The main incentive for this game on the list is the feeling of finally reaching that playoff spot on national television. It felt like the stars were aligning.

Notable Statistics:

  • Chris Paul – 28 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 10/15 FG.
  • Devin Booker – 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists.

# 3: Booker torches Simmons, Sun’s beat 76ers (02/13/21)

Brief review: The 76ers and Suns met with each team on full strength days after Ben Simmons said he was the best defensive player in the NBA. Response from Devin Booker? 36 points from 23 shots in a 9 point win from Phoenix. This was a sign of the things to come in the young (ish) season of the suns.

Notable Statistics:

  • Devin Booker – 36 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 14/23 FG.
  • Chris Paul – 18 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds, 8/13 FG.

# 2: comeback win against Milwaukee Bucks (02/10/21)

Brief review: Phoenix was down 12 at halftime against Torrey Craig’s Bucks (at the time) but stayed strong and came back to take a formidable grind-it-out win that lasted to the last shot. The main reason it was so high on the list is because of this feeling THE Moment when Chris Paul and Devin Booker clicked.

Notable Statistics:

  • Devin Booker – 30 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 11/21 FG.
  • Chris Paul – 28 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 10/20 FG.

# 1: gain overtime vs. Utah Jazz on ESPN (04/07/21)

Brief review: This was the statement game of the year for Phoenix. They held their own against the top seed in the West on National TV (ESPN). Both teams were in full strength and there were no excuses. It was a dogfight with a playoff-like atmosphere from the crowd of Phoenix.

Notable Statistics:

  • Chris Paul – 29 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 12/24 FG.
  • Devin Booker – 35 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 9/10 FT.
  • Deandre Ayton – 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, 9/16 FG.


  • The overtime wins against Milwaukee on April 19th. In the street. This was the hardest thing to rule out as I wanted to get it in the top 5 but didn’t want to include two Bucks games. Certainly worthy of the top 5.
  • Devin Booker’s game winner against Dallas on February 1st.
  • Pacers wins by 9 points ahead of Mikal Bridges on January 9th.

Suns Fans – Which games do you think have been removed from this list? It felt wrong to exclude some of them, but that’s a good problem when there are too many great games to choose from in a single season.

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