Devin Booker's season-high 48 points helps Suns rally past Spurs

Chris Paul added 15 punte en 12 assists as Phoenix won its sixth straight on the road and fifth consecutive in San Antonio.

Spurs center Jakob Poeltl had 23 punte en 14 rebounds, and Dejounte Murray added 18 punte.

Booker was 18 vir 33 van die veld af en 5 vir 13 on 3-pointers in eclipsing his previous high of 38 punte, which he collected twice.

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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) is fouled as he drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White, links, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Maandag, Jan.. 17, 2022, in San Antonio.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) is fouled as he drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White, links, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Maandag, Jan.. 17, 2022, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Phoenix was without injured starter Deandre Ayton, but reserve center Bismack Biyombo responded with 17 punte en 14 rebounds.

Cameron Johnson was also key, scoring four of his eight points in a crucial stretch midway through the final quarter.

Johnson had a steal, which led to a contested layup that gave Phoenix a 103-98 lei met 7:44 remaining. Johnson made two free throws a minute earlier to put the Suns up 99-98.

The Spurs had three turnovers in a two-minute span beginning with Johnson’s steal as the Suns took command late.

Phoenix outscored San Antonio 34-16 in the fourth quarter.

The Spurs had their regular starting lineup together for the first time since Dec. 23. A return to familiarity sparked a fast start, as San Antonio took a 28-20 lead with every starter scoring at least three points.

The Spurs starters all finished in double figures, accounting for 84 punte.

Booker kept the Suns close, telling 18 points in the opening quarter.

WENKE

Sonne: Phoenix’s last loss in San Antonio was Jan. 29, 2019. … Ayton sprained his right ankle Sunday in the first quarter of Phoenix’s 135-108 victory over Detroit. Ayton had six points in eight minutes before exiting. His status is day-to-day. … Johnson returned after a three-game absence due to a sprained left ankle. … The Suns are 21-7 against Western Conference teams, second only to Utah (19-4). … JaVale McGee had six points and eight rebounds while starting in place of Ayton. McGee is averaging 10.2 punte en 6.9 rebounds for the Suns.

Spore: Zach Collins played for the SpursG League affiliate in Austin, his first action since Aug. 15, 2020. Collins had eight points and one rebound in 19 minute. He last played against Memphis while with Portland before exiting seven minutes into his start due to left ankle inflammation. Collins had surgery Dec. 30, 2020 to repair a stress fracture in his left foot and needed a second surgery June 29, 2021 after refracturing the foot. … Tre Jones missed his seventh straight game while in the league’s health and safety protocols. … The Spurs are 9-17 against the West. … Bryn Forbes is averaging 13.3 points in his previous 10 speletjies, raising his season average to 9.1 punte. The Spurs have seven players averaging double figures this season.

VOLGENDE

Sonne: At Dallas on Thursday.

Spore: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

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