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Suns’ unlikely Cinderella run ends after Blazers clinch play-in spot

The Suns came about as close as conceivably possible to advancing to the play-in round.
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Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) dribbles as Dallas Mavericks' Trey Burke defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns’ unlikely Cinderella run is over, but the team did everything it could after finishing the NBA’s season restart a flawless 8-0 on Thursday.

The Suns came about as close as conceivably possible to advancing to the play-in round, but the Portland Trail Blazers locked up the 8th seed with a 134-133 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Phoenix needed the Blazers to drop its game to sneak into the 9th seed. Instead, the Blazers will face off against the Memphis Grizzlies for a chance to advance to the NBA playoffs.

The Suns began the NBA restart as the last team in, and the team with the slimmest chance at reaching the playoffs.

The Suns defeated the Dallas Mavericks in their final game of the NBA restart regular season to go a perfect 8-0 in the "bubble" in Orlando.

Phoenix was the only team to go undefeated in the bubble and they beat six playoff teams in the process, including the Mavericks twice.

Devin Booker led the team with 27 points, adding seven rebounds and five assists. Dario Saric finished with 16, Cam Johnson and Cam Payne added 15 each and Mikal Bridges had 14.