Booker scores 25, Suns overwhelm Jazz for 106-95 victory


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Devin Booker had 25 factors and 7 assists to steer the Phoenix Suns to a 106-95 victory over the Utah Jazz on Thursday evening for his or her first 4-1 begin since 2009.

Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder added 16 factors apiece for the Suns. The Suns had six gamers rating in double figures and by no means trailed over the ultimate three quarters whereas capturing 51.5% from 3-point vary.

Donovan Mitchell scored 23 factors for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert had 18 factors and 14 rebounds, and Mike Conley chipped in 16 factors. The Jazz are 0-2 at dwelling to start out the 2020-21 season.

Chilly capturing from the Jazz allowed the Suns to surge forward within the second quarter. Utah missed 13 pictures within the quarter and shot simply 39.5% from the sphere general earlier than halftime.

Phoenix used a 7-0 run capped by Chris Paul’s fadeaway jumper to grab a 30-24 lead. The Suns prolonged their result in 48-33 late within the second quarter behind a flurry of baskets from Cameron Payne. He drove for a reverse layup and made a pair of 3-pointers to gasoline the majority of a 16-4 run that gave Phoenix a double-digit benefit. Jae Crowder additionally scored a pair of baskets to assist the run.

Utah whittled a 13-point deficit down to 3 factors early within the third quarter. Conley sparked a 16-6 run with back-to-back pullup 3-pointers. Gobert punctuated it with a working dunk that reduce the Suns’ result in 59-56.

Bridges stored the Jazz at arm’s size along with his exterior capturing. He hit back-to-back 3-pointers to finish Utah’s run and sank one other two minutes later to spice up Phoenix’s result in 70-62.

Phoenix scored on three straight possessions to finish the quarter and kick-start a 16-2 run. Cameron Johnson made three baskets in the course of the run, culminating in a jumper that put the Suns up 91-70 early within the fourth quarter.

Utah reduce a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit to 98-93 on Conley’s 3-pointer with 2:07 left. Mitchell and Conley mixed to attain on 5 straight possessions to get the Jazz again into the sport, however Utah might draw no nearer.


Suns: Deandre Ayton completed with a team-high 9 rebounds. … Paul led the Suns with eight assists. … Phoenix scored 34 bench factors over the ultimate three quarters after the second unit went scoreless within the first quarter.

Jazz: Jordan Clarkson obtained whistled for a technical foul within the second quarter after dribbling right into a referee and shoving him following a turnover. … Bojan Bogdanovic went 0-of-5 from the sphere. … Utah scored 18 factors off 15 turnovers.


Suns: At Denver on Friday.

Jazz: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.


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