MINNEAPOLIS — Devin Booker scored 21 of his season-high 43 factors within the third quarter to hold Phoenix in a 118-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night time, the 14th win for the Suns of their final 17 video games.
Booker hit 15 of 26 photographs from the ground, repeatedly blowing by his defenders for easy pullup jumpers and traffic-beating, twisting layups for the thirteenth 40-point recreation of his sensible six-year profession.
The 2-time All-Star Recreation choose — every as an harm substitute — went 12 for 13 from the free-throw line for the surging Suns (22-11). They moved right into a third-place tie within the Western Convention with the Los Angeles Clippers (24-12).
DeAndre Ayton added 22 factors and 10 rebounds, and Chris Paul had 11 factors and 15 assists for the Suns, who outscored the Timberwolves 42-25 over the ultimate 14 minutes.
Anthony Edwards made a 3-pointer for Minnesota to chop the result in 76-74 with 2:18 remaining within the third quarter, however Booker assisted on a 3-pointer by Cameron Johnson on the following possession and scored seven extra factors himself earlier than the tip of the interval.
Edwards scored 24 factors on 8-for-22 capturing for the Timberwolves, who had been doing an honest job of defending all people however Booker till fading onerous down the stretch in new coach Chris Finch’s first house recreation. Minnesota has allowed 518 factors in 4 video games below Finch.
Karl-Anthony Cities had 21 factors and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves (7-27), who misplaced their eighth straight recreation. The worst crew within the NBA completed the month of February at 2-14.
BACK AND FORTH
Frank Kaminsky — who had 9 factors in 16 minutes — took the primary flip at energy ahead for the Suns, persevering with an alternation with Jae Crowder. The Suns are 10-1 with Kaminsky beginning.
“Their mentality is no matter it takes to win. That’s who they’re,” coach Monty Williams mentioned.
Suns: Dario Saric, who missed the final recreation with a sprained proper ankle, had 13 factors in 16 minutes in opposition to considered one of his two former groups. … Crowder was scoreless in 27 minutes.
Timberwolves: Ricky Rubio, taking part in in opposition to the Suns for the primary time since he was traded to Oklahoma Metropolis for Paul and bought by Minnesota two days later, had six factors, six assists and three steals. Rubio was the crew’s fourth-leading scorer in his solely season with Phoenix. … Jake Layman scored 11 factors off the bench.
Suns: At Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night time.
Timberwolves: Host Charlotte on Wednesday night time.