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Deandre Ayton posts double-double in return from suspension

Phoenix Suns v LA Clippers Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

Deandre Ayton is back and it’s like he never left.

The former Arizona Wildcat and No. 1 overall pick returned from a 25-game suspension Tuesday and had 18 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists in the Phoenix Suns’ 120-99 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ayton, who was in the starting lineup, went 9 for 19 from the field and grabbed seven offensive rebounds. It was just the second game he has appeared in this season.

Here are some of his highlights:

Ayton was suspended on Oct. 24 for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for a diuretic.

The 7-footer told FOX Sports Arizona that the news of his suspension was “really shocking and embarrassing” and that he did not appeal it because he did not want to be a distraction to his team.