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BBNBA: Booker’s 29 Points Powers Suns Past Bulls

(NBA | Getty Images)

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Good morning, folks. Saturday wasn’t all that eventful in the Association, but Devin Booker did his best to make up for it. Let’s talk NBA.

“Haters are a good problem to have. Nobody hates the good ones. They hate the great ones.” — Kobe Bryant

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RECAP

Booker leads Suns comeback

The Phoenix Suns trailed the Chicago Bulls, who came into the game riding a seven-game losing streak, 57-47 at halftime. A 13-point advantage in the third quarter by the Suns pushed them to a sizable lead and they ended the game on a 17-4 run, handing Chicago its eighth consecutive loss.

Devin Booker led the Suns and the BBNBA with 29 points on 9-21 shooting, including a 5-10 clip from deep. The former ‘Cat also added five rebounds and five assists, but with five turnovers, as well.

The win for Phoenix snapped a five-game road losing streak, who had also lost seven of its previous nine outings.

Heat destroy Cavs for Wade’s jersey retirement 

The Miami Heat retired Dwyane Wade’s jersey at halftime of their 124-105 landslide victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bam Adebayo posted 15 points, three rebounds, and nine assists for the Heat, who led by 30 points at halftime, shooting a blistering 77 percent through the first two quarters. Miami hit their first nine shots of the game and quickly ended this game before it could start.

Tyler Herro sat out his seventh straight game for the Heat as he deals with a nagging foot injury.

Other notes

  • The Charlotte Hornets were massacred by the Brooklyn Nets, 115-86. P.J. Washington and Malik Monk still managed solid showings, with the former dropping 16 points, seven rebounds, and four dimes while the latter went for 15 points, four rebounds, and two dimes.
  • De’Aaron Fox registered 20 points, four boards, and eight assists in the Sacramento Kings surprising win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Fox shot 7-16 from the field and did turn the ball over five times, but he led his Kings to its second straight road win over the Clips.
  • We’ll end the recap with Eric Bledsoe and the Milwaukee Bucks, who made light work of the Philadelphia 76ers on national television. The former Wildcat added 12 points, four rebounds, and eight assists in 27 minutes for Milwaukee in the 119-98 blowout win.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)112-104 W @ CHI299-21 (5-10)55105+2438
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)112-103 W @ LAC207-16 (0-3)48105+733
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)86-115 L vs. BKN166-13 (4-7)74102-1237
Malik Monk (CHA)86-115 L vs. BKN155-15 (3-9)42002-2126
Bam Adebayo (MIA)124-105 W vs. CLE157-9 (0-0)39115+2025
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)119-98 W vs. PHI125-11 (2-5)48004+1227
Patrick Patterson (LAC)103-111 L vs. SAC00-00000002
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (DAL)107-111 L @ ATL00-1 (0-0)10001-64
Tyler Herro (MIA)124-105 W vs. CLEDNP-Foot----------------
Skal Labissiere (ATL)111-107 W vs. DALDNP-Knee----------------
Willie Cauley-Stein (DAL)107-111 L @ ATLDNP-Personal----------------

TODAY IN THE NBA

3:30 (ABC): Celtics (Kanter) @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo)

6:00: Pacers @ Raptors

6:00 (NBATV): Timberwolves (Towns-out, Vanderbilt) @ Nuggets (Murray)

7:00: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Bulls

7:00: Spurs (Johnson, Lyles) @ Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)

8:30 (NBATV): Pelicans (Miller-out) @ Warriors

9:00: Pistons (Knight) @ Trail Blazers (Gabriel)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR