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Sweet 16: Suns’ hot streak continues with win over Nets

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Sweet 16: Suns’ hot streak continues with win over Nets

ON A ROLL. Suns hotshot Devin Booker drives to the basket around Nets star James Harden.

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The Suns roll to their 16th straight triumph, just a win away from matching the 2006-2007 team for the franchise’s longest winning streak

Devin Booker scored 30 points as the Phoenix Suns never trailed, survived a late comeback attempt by the Brooklyn Nets, and pushed their winning streak to 16 games with a 113-107 victory Saturday night, November 27 (Sunday, November 28, Manila time).

The Suns are on their second-longest winning streak in team history. Phoenix can match the 2006-2007 team for the longest winning streak in franchise lore by beating the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

Booker shot 9-of-18 from the field and hit four three-pointers. He did most of his scoring in the first and third quarters.

Chris Paul added 22 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds. Paul shot 9-of -9 and notched his 5,000th career rebound in the second.

Mikal Bridges added 13 while Deandre Ayton and JaVale McGee contributed 10 apiece as Phoenix shot 44.6%.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 39 points, but Brooklyn saw its four-game winning streak stopped.

LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre’ Bembry contributed 18 apiece for Brooklyn, which shot 50% but also committed 20 turnovers. 

James Harden finished with a triple-double of 12 points, 14 assists, and 13 rebounds despite shooting 4-of-15.

Booker scored 16 when the Suns sped out to a 21-8 lead midway through the first quarter and held a 14-point lead after the opening 12 minutes. He added 10 more in the third when the Nets got within seven early in the quarter and helped the Suns take a 90-72 lead into the fourth.

Brooklyn made one last charge, getting within 108-101 on Harden’s layup that gave him the triple-double with 2:31 remaining. 

Durant’s layup made it 110-103 with 45 seconds left and Harden’s layup made it 111-105 with 32 seconds remaining, but Booker finished by hitting two free throws with 19 ticks left. – Rappler.com