PHOENIX — Wilson Chandler averaged 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 2017. That career year feels like decades ago.

This season, Chandler has struggled to find his footing on the offensive end of the floor through 49 regular season games, and as a result, his numbers have slipped to just 8.8 points on 41.6 percent shooting from the field and 32.0 percent from three. Chandler’s still playing starter minutes, but a new role in the Nuggets’ first five requires more defense — an end of the floor where he’s been excellent for most of the season.

For the first time in weeks, Chandler looked like his 2017 offensive self Saturday night against the Suns.

“It felt like a throwback,” a subdued Chandler said.

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Harrison Wind is the Denver Nuggets beat reporter for DNVR Nuggets. Hear him every day on the DNVR Nuggets Podcast. Follow Harrison on Twitter - @HarrisonWind