NEW YORK (AP) — Devin Booker scored 30 factors, Chris Paul had 22 and the Phoenix Suns prolonged their profitable streak to 16 video games with a 113-107 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night time.
Phoenix impressively overwhelmed the Japanese Convention leaders early, by no means trailing and main by as a lot as 22 whereas transferring inside a victory of matching the longest profitable streak in franchise historical past.
The Suns will attempt to do this Tuesday night time at residence in opposition to the Golden State Warriors (17-2) in a matchup of the highest two groups within the NBA.
Phoenix improved to 17-3, its greatest report by 20 video games since having the identical mark in 2004-05. The Western Convention champions have not misplaced in a month since Sacramento dropped them to 1-3.
Paul added eight rebounds and 5 assists, changing into the primary participant in NBA historical past to succeed in 20,000 factors, 10,000 assists and 5,000 rebounds.
Mikal Bridges had 13 factors and a career-high seven steals for the Suns. They gained 17 straight video games through the 2006-07 season, and likewise gained 15 in a row earlier that season.
Kevin Durant had 39 factors, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the Nets. They’d their four-game profitable streak snapped.
James Harden carved out a sloppy triple-double within the Nets’ first recreation since Thanksgiving, with 14 assists, 13 rebounds and 12 factors. However he shot 4 for 15 from the sector, lacking all six 3-pointers and dedicated seven turnovers.
Enjoying for the second straight night time to finish a four-game street journey, Booker was in double figures earlier than Durant even scored and Phoenix shot out to a 21-8 lead. The Suns led comfortably till the center of the second quarter, when Paul’s 3-pointer made it 51-31.
The Nets out of the blue broke by with a 15-0 run, slicing it to 51-46 on DeAndre Bembry’s steal and layup. Paul settled the Suns with the following 5 factors, beating the halftime buzzer to make it 56-46.
Booker took just one shot in a scoreless second quarter however got here again with 10 factors within the third. He went to the bench with a fourth foul however Paul and Cameron Payne hit consecutive 3s late within the interval to push the lead again to twenty and it was 90-72 after three.
The Nets put collectively a late push that allowed them to make the ultimate rating respectable on an evening they’d 20 turnovers, main to twenty factors.
Suns: Booker had his third straight recreation with 30 or extra factors. … Phoenix is 9-1 on the street. … JaVale McGee had 10 factors and 10 rebounds.
Nets: Bembry had 18 factors and 9 rebounds. …. The Nets had gained the final three conferences. They had been the one group to brush Phoenix final season.
Nets coach Steve Nash performed for the Suns through the 2006-07 season and stated there are some things that go right into a month-long profitable streak.
“I believe, one, it’s a must to be a extremely good group. Like, you may’t simply get scorching for 15 video games,” Nash stated. “You’ve acquired to be a extremely high-quality group, nice steadiness, a group that has an id and readability on the ground. And this group’s acquired nice steadiness and depth and choices, and may be very well-coached.”
Suns coach Monty Williams labored with and in opposition to Nets guard Patty Mills when he was within the Western Convention and stated whether or not he appreciated the Australian’s power trusted which facet he was on.
“Like, if you happen to’re on the opposite facet, you wish to break his neck. However if you happen to’re with him, you’re like, ‘Man, I like that man,’” Williams stated. “After I used to compete in opposition to the Spurs and he was down there waving that towel, I simply wished to go, like, sort out him.”
Suns: Host Golden State on Tuesday night time.
Nets: Host New York on Tuesday night time.
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