Bismack Biyombo reaches 1,000 career blocks in Suns' home win over Pacers

Bismack Biyombo keeps sending back opponents' shots to continue his rise near the NBA's top 100 all-time block leaders. The Suns center and

12-year veteran surpassed the 1,000-career block mark in their 112-107 home win over the Indiana Pacers, their second straight victory, on Saturday. According

to Basketball-Reference, Biyombo now sits 103rd on the all-time list with a total of 1,001, after he produced three blocks in his season-best performance 12 points (6-of-12

shooting), game-high 16 rebounds and two assists. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. “It’s a blessing. As a

kid, you come into this league and you just want to compete and play basketball," Biyombo told The Republic after Saturday's game. "And obviously to have over 1,000 career block

shots, it’s amazing but also blocking shots demand a certain level of understanding of the game. "I’m always appreciative of the coaches that I’m surrounded

by. We watch a lot of films and tell you when it makes sense to go in and when it doesn’t make sense to go in, and then you start kind of picking up your timing and then helping

your teammate. I also think when you block shots, you give the teammates some type of confidence into pressuring the ball and that has played in our favor.”

Biyombo made his seventh start this season to replace Deandre Ayton, who was out with a non-COVID illness. He made his presence felt in the middle altering shots and on the

glass from the onset.