Deandre Ayton says he’s found shooting rhythm in Kevin Durant’s absence

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

After the Phoenix Suns’ home loss to the second-place Sacramento Kings on Saturday, Deandre Ayton told the media that he’s starting to regain his shooting rhythm following the two-game absence of the ankle-injured Kevin Durant.

Ayton dominated the paint and finished with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting, game-high 12 rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one turnover. He dominated the paint during the first three quarters, going 8-of-14 for 19 points and 10 boards. He outplayed Kings’ All-Star big Domantas Sabonis (17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, three turnovers), who had just 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting through the first three periods.

Ayton was the Suns’ second-leading scorer behind Devin Booker’s game-high 28 points with his eight assists, three rebounds and four steals.

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