NBA: Booker shines as Suns hold off late rally by Bulls

Devin Booker has now scored 30 plus points in five of the last eight games for Phoenix. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE) - Devin Booker scored a team-high 38 points as the Phoenix Suns won for the 13th time in the last 14 games with a 127-124 National Basketball Association (NBA) victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday (Feb 8).

Booker shot 14-of-23 from the floor and Chris Paul finished with 19 points and 11 assists for the Suns, while Jae Crowder had 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out six assists for the NBA-best Suns (43-10).

Booker has now scored 30 plus points in five of the last eight games for Phoenix, who led by as many as 27 points in front of the crowd of 20,600 at the United Centre, while JaVale McGee (16 points), Mikal Bridges (15) and Deandre Ayton (13) also scored in double figures.

"We play together as a team and get it done every night," said Booker.

"We have been through it. We had a deep play-off run last year and we keep getting better."

Phoenix shot 54.4 per cent compared to 47.8 shooting by Chicago, who lost for the second time in as many days while permitting 115-plus points for the seventh straight game.

DeMar DeRozan paced the Bulls attack with 38 points, while Zach LaVine returned from a back injury to tally 32 points.

DeRozan converted a three-point play to cut the Suns' advantage to nine points with just under six minutes remaining. But the Suns answered with five points in the next 40 seconds to regain control as the Bulls' made a late run but fell short.

"The most important thing down the stretch was getting stops on defence," said Booker.

Phoenix have now won four straight games over the Bulls, including two wins last season.

Elsewhere, Klay Thompson scored 21 points to help the Golden State Warriors win their ninth consecutive game by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-98 at the Paycom Centre.

Stephen Curry added 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 50 per cent from the field.

Stephen Curry added 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Warriors. PHOTO: REUTERS

Luguentz Dort scored 26 points and Darius Bazley equalled a season high with 20 for Oklahoma City. Josh Giddey added 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

Thompson nailed two three pointers late in the fourth quarter to thwart a Thunder rally and give Golden State a commanding nine-point lead.

Also, Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent each scored 24 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Charlotte Hornets 116-101 at the Spectrum Centre.

"I am just trying to calm everybody down when it gets crazy out there. Kudos to the team for staying with it," Siakam said.

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