Booker scored 24 points, and the Suns beat the Mavs for 10th in a row
Phoenix – It was a shooting torch for most of Wednesday night for the Phoenix Suns, who hit short jumpers, triple shooters and just about everything in between.
But then Cam Johnson hit a few three-pointers. Chris Paul added another. Jae Crowder started the act with another and Devin Booker hit the stiletto 50 seconds ago: a lopsided long hat-trick that capped the team’s 37-point blast in the final quarter.
It is very difficult to catch the sun for 48 minutes.
That’s a big reason why they’ve ridden the current longest winning streak in the NBA.
Booker scored 24 points, Dendry Eaton 19 points and acquired 13 rebounds, and the Suns scored a winning streak to 10 games by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 105-98. It is the Suns’ longest winning streak since the 2009-2010 season.
“We didn’t shoot any big tonight but when we needed it the guys came in,” said coach Monty Williams. “We have a ‘let it fly’ mentality. “
Paul drove to the basket and was about to fall before he found Eaton in the dunk and lead 100-96 with 1:27 left. Paul had seven assists in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 14.
Booker closed the Big Three with less than a minute.
“That wasn’t the play,” Booker said with a smile. “But we made it work. That is the name of the game, Finding a Path.”
Dallas has lost for the second time in its last seven games. The Mavericks played their first game of the season without star goalkeeper Luka Doncic, who sprained his left knee and ankle in the closing moments of their victory over Denver on Monday.
Even without the best player, the balanced Mavericks almost won. Tim Hardaway scored 22 points, Christaps Porzingis added 21 and Galen Bronson added 18.
“The guys played hard, and gave us a chance to win on the road against the Western Conference champions, who also won nine times in a row,” said Mavericks coach Jason Kidd. “Everyone in that locker room carried out their game plan. We missed some shots along the length of the field and they didn’t.”
“We got it under control but they are a good team,” Bronson said. “They went to the finals for a reason.”
The match was tough throughout, although the Mavericks usually had a slight advantage. Booker gave the Suns their first lead in the fourth quarter at 87-86 when he stopped the ball with 5:32 left.
Dallas took a 73-68 lead in fourth after Trey Burke fired a straight shot before the start of the third quarter.
The Mavericks lead 46-45 in the first half. Booker scored 15 points for the Suns, and Eaton added 10 points and eight rebounds. Porzingis was 14 years old.
Eaton finished his double-double in 186 career games, the fastest to that mark in franchise history.
“It’s just a sample,” Crowder said. “He has a good body, he moves well for a man of his size, he has all the tools you need to control the game.”
Defectors: Doncic and Maxi Kleber (left-handed dynasty) did not play. Doncic averages 24.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game. … Frank Ntelikina scored 13 points in a 5 of 8 shot. … The Mavericks shot 16 of 32 (50%) from a 3-point range.
Suns: F/C Frank Kaminsky (knee soreness) didn’t play. …it took nearly four minutes for the Suns to score their first point. Phoenix missed his first seven shots and fell into the 8-0 hole before hitting Eaton by jumping away. … Paul missed his first shots before hitting a 15-foot jump early in the fourth quarter. He has seven points. … Landry Schmidt scored 11 points from the bench. JaVale McGee added 10 points and six rebounds.
The Mavericks and Suns play each other again Friday night in Phoenix.
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