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"Excuse my french, I said they're playing harder than us. We need this game more than they do and it's not looking like it. Turn it up. Step it up. Hit first and stop playing like a bunch of (expletive) is pretty much what I said." #Suns Kelly Oubre Jr. on halftime speech. pic.twitter.com/Cji8cvZTI6
FINAL: #Suns 112, Bulls 104
Ugly game, but Phoenix uses a second-half surge to win on the second night of a back-to-back.
Suns improve to 23-34 and next play Monday at Utah.
Ayton: 28 points, 19 rebounds
Rubio: 18 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds
Season-high 10 offensive rebounds for Ayton and also ties his career high.
#Suns 106, Bulls 98 with 3:05 to play
Big stat: Phoenix had 16 turnovers for 24 points at the half
Since then, three turnovers for five points
well that was certainly a tale of two halves from Ayton
Ayton is definitely in that 80% beast on the block right now as Monty Williams wants.
Is getting his on the offensvie boards. Has 27 and 17. #Suns lead by six, 104-98, with 4:04 left in game.
Oubre with the dunk over Felicio, but LaVine answers. #Suns up two.
Cam Johnson buries his third 3-pointer of the night, and the #Suns are back up 98-96 with 6:20 to play. This has not been the prettiest display of basketballing, but, as most Suns games, looks like it'll come down to the wire.
Booker finds Cam Johnson for another corner 3. Has 11 off the bench, hit 3-of-4 from 3. Timeout Chicago. 6:20 left in game. #Suns lead 98-96.
Ayton up to 23 and 14. Hits another jumper. #Suns up 95-94
Got Shaq Harrison, former Suns, guarding Booker. #Suns
Ayton much more physical inside on that finish. Hits FT.
#Suns down 94-93
Rubio with steal and score on White. Got the better of the rookie right there, but White comes back with 3. Has 33, hit 7-of-12 from 3.
#Suns down four as Harrison scores in transition.
After Ayton was unable to finish from point blank range, White comes back and hits huge shot.
Cam Johnson answers with 3. #Suns down one.
Coby White hits another 3, then Cam hits a corner 3, and the two fans in Carolina gear behind the #Suns bench have no chill. Bulls lead 87-86 with 10:16 to play.
Nice surge by the #Suns to turn a one-point deficit into a 3-point lead in the third quarter's final minute. Phoenix leads 83-80 heading to the fourth. Booker has a game-high 25 points, including 5-of-9 from 3.
Ayton showed on the screen and LaVine lost ball out of bounds.
#Suns come back on the other and Johnson earns FTs after crashing glass and having Carolina teammate Coby White foul him.
Phoenix leads 83-80 going into the fourth quarter.
Booker 3. Open look. #Suns up one.
Saric has yet to play in the 3rd quarter. Baynes come out with four fouls. #Suns down 80-78.
Bridges had that look like, hey dude, that's a foul.
He got the call. Hits FTs. #Suns knot game at 77-77 with 57.2 seconds left in 3rd.
#Suns come out of timeout an Cam Johnson hits corner 3. Tie game.
Coby White now 5-of-9 from 3 and leading all scorers with 24 points. Timeout #Suns, with the Bulls back in front 75-72 late in the third.
Okobo in the game. Feeds Ayton, who hits turnaround jumper.
#Suns lead 67-64.
It was actually a 13-0 run out the gate for #Suns. Lead by three, 65-62.
#Suns get unconventional 3-point play.
Oubre splits FTs, misses 2nd and Bridges scores off miss. Phoenix leads 63-60.
Booker 3. #Suns come out gate on 13-2 run. Lead by 3 after Ayton FTs.
Quick timeout for Chicago after the #Suns open the third on a 6-0 spurt to close the gap to 57-53. All points inside.
Bridges block leads to Oubre transition hoop. #Suns lead down to eight.
Make it six as Ayton scores inside.
I’m old enough to remember when the Phoenix Suns were fun to watch
Halftime: Bulls 57, #Suns 47
A brutal half for Phoenix is a liiiittle better following a late charge to cut a 17-point deficit to 10
Rubio: 12 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds
Booker: 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
LaVine: 14 points, 4 rebounds
#Suns cut lead down to 10 at half, 57-47. Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio each with12, but Phoenix has 16 turnovers that have led to 24 Bulls points.
Coby White game-high 15 while LaVine has 14.
Coby White hits a corner 3, and the Bulls' lead has ballooned to 49-33 late in the second. Chicago has turned 15 #Suns turnovers into 24 points.
Suns have attempted two 3-pointers in the last 12 minutes of gametime.
Arcidiacono for 3. #Bulls up nine.
Jonah Bolden getting first-half minutes, with the #Suns trailing 38-33 to the shorthanded Bulls. Phoenix has committed 12 turnovers for 16 points.
Jonah Bolden getting minutes. Last game of 1st 10-day.