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BBNBA: Booker’s Clutch Gene Saves Suns Against Magic

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Good afternoon, folks. Devin Booker drilled two dagger threes to gift the Suns a win. Let’s talk NBA.

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Booker’s clutch outing against Magic

Devin Booker was tied for the lead across the BBNBA in scoring on Friday night, dropping 24 points to go along with his three rebounds, five assists, and three steals. While the former Kentucky guard failed to hit the 30-point mark for the eighth consecutive game (which would have extended his franchise-record), he hit the two biggest shots of the night to propel Phoenix to a much-needed win.

Booker only had two second-half points with under one minute left in regulation and his team down 94-90. Over the next 17 seconds, Book drilled two, clutch pull-up triples to give the Suns a 96-94 lead with 36 seconds left before Ricky Rubio secured the win with a steal down the stretch.

“I was just in the moment. I got a steal, felt the open shot for the two-for-one so I took it and it went in,” Booker said of his final shot in transition.

Phoenix has gone 4-3 since dropping eight in a row.

Bledsoe and Bucks get better of Fox and Kings

Sacramento did everything they could to give the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks a scare on Friday night, but a devastating 20-3 run led by the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, in the middle of the third quarter proved to be too much for the Kings to overcome.

Eric Bledsoe scored 11 of his 24 points in the first quarter, finishing with four rebounds and five steals on a 10-17 shooting mark from the floor.

De’Aaron Fox posted a near triple-double of 19 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists, four steals, and two blocks, but with six costly turnovers. Wenyen Gabriel found two minutes of clock late in the game, too, contributing three points.

No Anthony Davis in Lakers big win

The Los Angeles Lakers were without Anthony Davis due to a bruised ass (not the official medical terminology) he suffered in the previous outing against the Knicks a few days ago. But even without the MVP candidate and former Wildcat, the Lakers trounced Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, 129-114. Davis could also miss Saturday night’s game agaisnt the OKC Thunder due to the same injury, but isn’t expected to miss any more time than that.

Rajon Rondo added 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists for L.A., who were frustrating the living hell out of Doncic all night long. Here’s all the proof you need.

The Lakers improve to 31-7 with the win, tops in the Western Conference.

Other notes

  • The Miami Heat were surprisingly taken down by the struggling Brooklyn Nets, 117-113. Without star guard Kyrie Irving and riding a seven-game losing streak, the Nets received a full team effort to secure the upset victory. Bam Adebayo was excellent for Miami, going for 22 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and two steals, shooting 10-13 from the field while Tyler Herro added nine points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)98-94 W vs. ORL247-15 (4-8)35303+736
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)127-106 W @ SAC2410-17 (1-5)45110030
Bam Adebayo (MIA)113-117 L @ BKN2210-13 (0-0)67211-1632
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)106-127 L vs. MIL199-21 (1-4)910426+838
Rajon Rondo (LAL)129-114 W @ DAL103-9 (0-0)53002+924
Tyler Herro (MIA)113-117 L @ BKN94-9 (1-4)54100+229
P.J. Washington Jr. (CHA)92-109 L @ UTA72-5 (1-3)21103-1727
Kevin Knox (NYK)111-123 L vs. NOP52-8 (1-4)21001-816
Willie Cauley-Stein (GSW)100-109 L @ LAC42-3 (0-0)71000+116
Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)106-127 L vs. MIL31-1 (0-0)00000-52
Patrick Patterson (LAC)109-100 W vs. GSW31-3 (1-3)00000+12
Trey Lyles (SAS)121-134 L @ MEM21-5 (0-3)32000-915
Malik Monk (CHA)92-109 L @ UTA21-4 (0-2)11000-1613
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)92-109 L @ UTA21-2 (0-0)11000+128
Keldon Johnson (SAS)121-134 L @ MEMDNP-Inactive----------------
Julius Randle (NYK)111-123 L vs. NOPDNP-Personal----------------
Anthony Davis (LAL)129-114 W @ DALDNP-Bruised Ass----------------
John Wall (WAS)111-101 W vs. ATLDNP-Foot----------------
Darius Miller (NOP)123-111 W @ NYKDNP-Achilles----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

5:00: Timberwolves (Towns-questionable) @ Rockets

7:00: Pelicans (Miller-out) @ Celtics (Kanter)

7:00: Bulls @ Pistons

8:00: Lakers (Davis-questionable, Rondo) @ Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)

8:30: 76ers @ Mavericks

9:00: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt)

10:00: Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Trail Blazers (Labissiere-out)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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