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Deandre Ayton posts first NBA double-double in Suns’ win vs. Kings

A classic Ayton performance

NBA: Summer League-Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Deandre Ayton said he felt like a rookie in his Summer League debut, but he looked more like himself in his second outing in Las Vegas.

The big man had 21 points and 12 rebounds (including five offensive rebounds) in 29 minutes as the Phoenix Suns held off Marvin Bagley III and the Sacramento Kings, 71-63.

Ayton was incredibly efficient, shooting 8-of-11 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. He had a block and a steal, too.

Bagley had 15 points and seven rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting.

Here’s highlights of their battle:

This performance came a day after Ayton was held to 10 points and eight rebounds on six shots against the Mavericks, who double-teamed him from the opening tip.

“The first game I think he was a little nervous,” said Suns forward Josh Jackson. “It took him a little while to come out of his shell, but I think he’s finally starting to realize that nobody can guard him. Teams have to bring two defenders. No one person can guard him.”

While Ayton’s final stat-line was much better Saturday, his performance was mostly viewed as a “quiet” 21 and 12 by media folks: