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Devin Booker experienced 25 points, 12 helps and a profession-high six steals to assistance the NBA-primary Phoenix Suns beat the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder 124-104 on Thursday evening.
Booker played place guard with All-Star Chris Paul out with a fractured proper thumb. Booker concluded with a year-substantial aid whole and assisted the Suns earn their eighth straight match.
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“I assumed Devin managed the sport very well,” Suns mentor Monty Williams said.
Oklahoma City collapsed on massive guy Deandre Ayton, restricting him to 6 factors on 5 pictures. Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges each individual scored 21 points for the Suns, who have won 19 of 20 to increase to 49-10.
The Suns will consider to flip Paul’s absence into a developing expertise.
“I really feel like we can only get superior from this,” Suns forward Jae Crowder explained. “Definitely, we have place ourselves in position to to have a cushion. But at the exact same time, we’re enjoying for a thing. We’re actively playing purposeful basketball every and just about every evening.”
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma Town with 32 points in his return immediately after missing 10 game titles due to the fact of a sprained appropriate ankle. Rookie guard Josh Giddey, who experienced 15 details, nine rebounds and 6 assists, explained he was happy to see Gilgeous-Alexander back.
“Enjoy participating in with him,” Giddey claimed. “I consider that chemistry is getting greater and far better over time. I imagine in a several many years, we’re heading to be a single of the ideal backcourts in the league. So growing with him is a little something I’m loving performing.”
Phoenix led 31-14 at the close of the initial quarter, outscoring Oklahoma Town 14- in rapid-split points behind nine steals.
The Thunder rallied in the second behind Gilgeous-Alexander’s 9 factors in the time period. Crowder’s layup at the buzzer gave the Suns a 48-45 halftime lead. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 15 details ahead of the break.
The Thunder lastly took the lead early in the 3rd quarter, but the Suns regained command and led 85-77 heading into the fourth. Phoenix manufactured 5 of 8 3-pointers in the 3rd quarter immediately after producing 2 of 17 in the initially fifty percent.
The Thunder reduce it to 94-91 in the fourth quarter, but the Suns closed on a 30-13 run.
“The very good thing is, we obtained that match out of the way,” Williams explained. “I assumed we experienced some rust in the pipes tonight, and we were being ready to get some of that out and get employed to Ebook (Booker) playing some issue.”
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Suns: Former Thunder G Cameron Payne missed his 14th straight video game with a sprained ideal wrist. … Crowder scored 17 points.
Thunder: Lu Dort (still left shoulder strain), Ty Jerome (sore remaining hip), Mike Muscala (sore ideal ankle), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (fractured right foot) and Kenrich Williams (sprained appropriate knee) all sat out. … Made 1 of 12 3-pointers in the initial 50 percent and 6 of 31 over-all.
The Suns additional level guard Aaron Holiday getaway in a new trade with Washington. Williams thought it was way too soon to commence him.
“I’m just careful of putting also considerably on Aaron,” Williams explained. “You know, he just obtained in this article, he and Torrey (Craig). But it’s a large amount tougher for Aaron to engage in the issue guard placement. And so I just assumed we’d be greater served owning him occur off the bench and just be Aaron.”
Giddey’s run of consecutive triple-doubles ended at a few. He was the 1st rookie considering the fact that Oscar Robertson in 1960-61 to have at the very least three straight triple-doubles.
Giddey experienced 11 factors, 12 rebounds and 10 helps on Feb. 12 versus Chicago. He posted 28 details, 11 rebounds and 12 helps at New York on Feb. 14, then adopted with 17 factors, 10 rebounds and 10 assists from the San Antonio Spurs on Feb. 16.
Aleksej Pokusevski had 13 details and seven rebounds for the Thunder in just in excess of 19 minutes of motion. He produced 5 of 10 industry objectives.
Suns: Host New Orleans on Friday night.
Thunder: At Indiana on Friday night.