PHOENIX — History made.
The Phoenix Suns won a franchise-record 18th consecutive game Thursday night as they topped the Detroit Pistons 114-103 at Footprint Center. The Suns (19-3) broke the previous record of 17 in a row set in 2006-07. That team also won 15 consecutive games.
Minus Devin Booker, Phoenix limited Detroit (4-18) to 18 points in the first quarter in building a 30-18 lead. The two-time All-Star missed Thursday’s game after suffering a left hamstring strain in Tuesday’s win over Golden State.
Phoenix led 69-51 at halftime. Seven Suns reached double figures as Cameron Payne and Cameron Johnson each scored a game-high 19 points off the bench.
Mikal Bridges was one of seven Suns players in double figures with 18 points.
Landry Shamet, who got the start for Booker, scored 14. His fourth 3 gave Phoenix a 109-99 lead with 1:57 left.
Jerami Grant paced Detroit with a game-high 34 points.
The Suns and Warriors (18-3) will meet again Friday in San Francisco in the second of three games within 30 days. The third matchup between the NBA’s top two teams is on Christmas Day in Phoenix.
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Suns win 18th straight game to set franchise record