DeAndre Ayton got the start for Phoenix, put up 26 and 21 (VIDEO)

Kurt Helin
NBC Sports

Coach Monty Williams changed things up as Phoenix went into Madison Square Garden Thursday:

Deandre Ayton got the start at center and Aron Baynes came off the bench.

The result? Ayton had his first-ever 20/20 game β€” 26 points and 21 rebounds β€” as the Suns blew out the Knicks 121-98.

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Phoenix also got a big night from Ricky Rubio, 25 points and 13 assists. He kept finding Ayton in places the second-year big man could do damage.


It’s one step in a long road for the Suns’ big man, but it was good to see.

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