5 takeaways from Suns' nail-biter over Nets in Cam Johnson's return

Cam Johnson hit his first shot — and many more after having not played since Nov. 4. Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges produced — and Ben Simmons

got ejected. The Phoenix Suns began a five-game homestand with a nail-biting 117-112 victory Thursday night to snap a three-game losing skid before a sellout

crowd of 17,071 at Footprint Center. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. Here are five takeaways as Bridges

scored a team-high 28 points to go along nine assists to tie a career high he set this season against Golden State. Ayton posted 24 points and 14 boards,

Johnson scored 19 points, going a career-best 9-of-9 from the line, in 22 minutes off the bench in his return after missing 37 games with a knee injury and Damion Lee added 16

points. Kyrie Irving went for game-high 30 with 21 coming in the fourth quarter of a spirited Brooklyn (27-17) comeback attempt that fell short.

Here are five takeaways as the Suns (22-24) face Indiana on Saturday. NBA: SCOREBOARD | STANDINGS | STATISTICS Late Nets run, Suns

answer Phoenix was up 20 going into the fourth. Looked like the Suns would cruise to victory over Brooklyn, especially with no Kevin Durant

(right MCL sprain), but the Nets still have the best player on the floor in Irving. One of the NBA’s most talented and gifted players had just nine points on

3-of-16 shooting through three quarters, but he went crazy in the fourth – 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting.