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Suns slide by Warriors, spoil Chris Paul’s Golden State debut


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Suns slide by Warriors, spoil Chris Paul’s Golden State debut

NEW LOOK. Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (left) looks to drive against Golden State Warriors guard Chris Paul.

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Devin Booker comes through the clutch and Kevin Durant drops a double-double as the Suns outlast Steph Curry and the Warriors in an opening-day thriller

Devin Booker capped a game-high 32-point performance with 3 key assists down the stretch, allowing the Phoenix Suns to get past the Golden State Warriors for a 108-104 victory in San Francisco on Tuesday night, October 24 (Wednesday, October 25, Manila time).

A seesaw affair was a one-point game in the Suns’ favor before Booker found Josh Okogie in the left corner for a three-pointer that opened a 103-99 lead with 1:09 to play.

Stephen Curry countered with two free throws, but Booker then drew the defense and spotted Eric Gordon open for another three-pointer, this one creating a five-point difference with just 44.7 seconds left.

Golden State, which lost three of four games to Phoenix last season, came back one more time on a Curry triple off an offensive rebound to get within 106-104 with 31.4 seconds left.

But after a timeout, the ball found its way to Booker, who this time drilled a completion to Jusuf Nurkic for a layup that produced the game’s final points with 10.3 seconds remaining.

The assists were Nos. 6, 7 and 8 for Booker, who played without new backcourt sidekick Bradley Beal, out with a back injury.

Kevin Durant chipped in with an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double for Phoenix, and Nurkic had a double-double of his own with 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Okogie, whose late three-pointer came on his only attempt of the game from beyond the arc, finished with 17 points, while Gordon, who missed his first seven three-point attempts before making the last two, contributed 10 points off the bench.

The Suns outscored the Warriors, 33-30, on three-pointers despite taking 10 fewer attempts (43-33).

Curry paced six Warriors in double figures with 27 points but misfired on 10 of his 14 three-point tries.

Klay Thompson had 15 points, Chris Paul added 14 to complement a game-high 9 assists on his Warriors’ debut, and reserve Jonathan Kuminga went for 12 for the Warriors, who were without Draymond Green, out with an ankle injury.

Phoenix built a 15-point lead by halftime thanks in large part to 21 points from Booker before the break. But Golden State rallied in the third quarter, putting together a colossal 21-2 run that gave it a 73-66 lead with 5:00 to go until the fourth.


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