Booker scored 24 points, and the Suns beat the Mavs for 10th in a row
Phoenix Devin Booker scored 24 points, Dunder Eaton 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns scored a winning streak to 10 games by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 105-98 on Wednesday evening.
Chris 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.
Poker hit a long 3 pointer with the shot clock expiring 50 seconds before it closed. The Suns scored 37 points in an excellent fourth quarter.
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 Jr. scored 22 points, Christaps Porzingis added 21 and Galen Bruson 18.
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 led 73-68 in the fourth quarter 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.
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 Ntilikina scored 13 points in 5 of 8 shootings. … Mavericks shot 16 out 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 Eaton made a dash. … Paul missed his first nine shots of the night before making 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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