Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams relaxed a bit after his team clinched a team-record 18th consecutive win. The Suns beat the Detroit Pistons 114-103 on Thursday night to break their previous record of 17 consecutive wins.
"But it is really cool to be a part of something like that," Williams said. "To win like this, the way we've won, guys out of the rotation, losing [Devin Booker to injury], the relentless attitude of our team, the way we stick together, it makes it really cool.
"Obviously it's hard to win in this league. But we're not satisfied. We talk about stretching it out but it takes the right things to do that. So we've taken it one game at a time." Suns guard Cameron Payne was happy about the streak but he acknowledged that the Suns have to turn their focus to their next game.
"It feels good but at the same time, I don't know, I guess it feels good but we got another tomorrow," Payne said. "We have to keep going. It's 1-0 today. That's how I feel."
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Veteran guard Chris Paul made it clear the Suns want to play the game the right way and to hold themselves to a certain standard.
"But for us I think it's always about the feeling of making sure we're playing the game the right way," Paul said. "We always talk about we have a standard. We say this every night and a win is a win but we feel like we could have played better."
Coach Williams credited the Suns' versatility as one of the reasons behind their streak. "We have guys that can score the ball across all the lineups," Johnson said. "Book puts a lot of points up on the board every night.
We're a team that we're going to find buckets other ways when we need to and that's what we did tonight." The Suns play the Golden State Warriors on Friday. "A team that we just played and beat at home, we get to go to their place, a division game.
It's a lot on the line," Johnson said. "This is what playing in the NBA is about. Going into these environments with these implications. Granted it's a December game, but it means a lot. It means a lot to us to continue this streak. It's gonna be a fun one."