Devin Booker’s 31 points and Chris Paul’s 23 points and 16 assists helped the Phoenix Suns hold off the host Cleveland Cavaliers for a 134-118 overtime victory on Tuesday night, May 4 (Wednesday, May 5, Manila time).
Booker shot 14-for-27 from the field and also had 6 rebounds and 5 assists as the Suns (47-18) moved back into a tie with the Utah Jazz for the top spot in the Western Conference with their fifth consecutive victory.
After failing to pull away throughout regulation, Phoenix opened overtime with a 15-0 run fueled by 8 points from Mikal Bridges, who totaled 22 points to go with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.
The Suns, who scored 23 points off 17 Cleveland turnovers, clamped down defensively in overtime as they allowed only 4 points and held the Cavaliers without a field goal for three and a half minutes.
Deandre Ayton recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks, and Frank Kaminsky had 11 points and 6 rebounds off the Suns’ bench.
Rookie Isaac Okoro scored a career-high 32 points and added 6 assists, nearly helping the Cavaliers (21-44) avoid their seventh consecutive defeat.
Collin Sexton tallied 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists for the Cavs.
Okoro and Booker dueled down the stretch of regulation. Okoro tied the game twice in the final minute.
Booker had a chance to win it at the buzzer; but, after dribbling his way into the far corner and drawing a double-team, his contested three-pointer was an air ball, sending the game to overtime.
Okoro scored 11 points in the fourth quarter but was shut out in overtime.
Jarrett Allen had 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists while Cedi Osman totaled 16 points.
Phoenix’s Jae Crowder (right ankle sprain) missed his seventh consecutive game, but Cameron Payne (left knee contusion) returned and finished with 6 points and 5 assists.
The Cavaliers remained shorthanded without Darius Garland (sprained left ankle), Lamar Stevens (concussion), and Isaiah Hartenstein (concussion) against Miami.
Other Cavs players Matthew Dellavedova (neck), Taurean Prince (left ankle surgery), Larry Nance Jr (fractured right thumb), and Dylan Windler (left knee surgery) are expected to miss the rest of the season. – Rappler.com