NEW YORK (AP) Devin Booker had 30 points, Chris Paul had 22 and the Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to 16 games with a 113-107 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
Playing for the second night in a row to end a four-game trip, Phoenix has never trailed and led by as much as 22 while moving in a victory matching the longest winning streak in the history of the franchise.
The Suns will try to do so Tuesday night at home against the Golden State Warriors (17-2) in a clash of the two best teams in the NBA.
Phoenix improved to 17-3, his best record in 20 games since posting the same rating in 2004-05. The Western Conference champions haven’t lost in a month since Sacramento dropped them to 1-3.
Paul added eight rebounds and five assists, becoming the first player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points, 10,000 assists and 5,000 rebounds.
Mikal Bridges had 13 points and a career-high seven interceptions for the Suns. They won 17 straight games in the 2006-07 season and have also won 15 in a row earlier this season.
Kevin Durant had 39 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Nets. They saw their four-game winning streak interrupted.
James Harden pulled off a botched triple-double in the Nets’ first game since Thanksgiving, with 14 assists, 13 rebounds and 12 points. But he shot 4-for-15 from the field, missing all six 3-pointers and committed seven turnovers.
TIMBERWOLVES 121, 76ERS 120, 2OT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – D’Angelo Russell scored 35 points and had a decisive steal and assist in the dying seconds of second overtime in Minnesota’s win over Joel Embiid and Philadelphia.
Embiid had 42 points and 14 rebounds on his return to the roster after missing nine games due to COVID-19 protocols. Philadelphia has lost seven of those games without the quadruple All-Star and has now lost eight of 10.
Karl-Anthony Towns added 28 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, but did not play in the extra sessions after a foul. Minnesota won six of seven.
KNICKS 99, HAWKS 90
ATLANTA (AP) – Alec Burks scored 23 points, Evan Fournier added 20 and New York ended Atlanta’s seven-game winning streak.
Burks, starting with injuries to Kemba Walker and Derrick Rose, hit three of his four 3s and scored 15 points in the third quarter.
Trae Young had 33 points for Atlanta. Clint Capela had 16 points and 21 rebounds.
ROCKETS 146, FRELONS 143, OT
HOUSTON (AP) – Christian Wood scored a career-high 33 points and 16 rebounds to help Houston beat Charlotte.
The Rockets have won back-to-back wins after dropping 15 in a row.
Charlotte’s PJ Washington forced overtime with a recoil dunk on a missed 3 from LaMelo Ball, tying 135 with 4.4 seconds remaining.
Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 31 points.
HEAT 107, BULLS 104
CHICAGO (AP) – Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and Jimmy Butler added 18 to help Miami beat Chicago.
Gabe Vincent made four three-pointers and had 20 off the bench, and Bam Adebayo added nine points, six assists and seven rebounds.
The Heat won without Tyler Herro. With an average of 22.2 points in the last 10 games, he has been absent due to illness.
DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 28 points.
RIDERS 105, MAGIC 92
CLEVELAND (AP) – Darius Garland scored 26 points, a season record, rookie Evan Mobley had 13 points on his return from a sprained right elbow and Cleveland beat Orlando.
Mobley missed four games after mingling with Boston’s Enes Kanter on November 15. He tallied nine rebounds, three assists and four blocked shots, helping Cleveland end their longest losing streak of the season at five.
Wendell Carter Jr. led Orlando with 19 points and 11 rebounds before being ejected with 2:09 to go.
JAZZ 127, PELICANS 105
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Donovan Mitchell had 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to help Utah beat New Orleans.
One night after losing 98-97 to the Pelicans, Utah never trailed past the first minute and shot 56 percent percent from the ground overall. The Jazz set a record 20 3-pointers, a season-high, with 57% 3-point shots.
Jaxson Hayes had 15 points for the Pelicans.
MAVERICKS 120, MAVERICKS 114
DALLAS (AP) – Bradley Beal scored 26 points, Kyle Kuzma scored 10 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored the deciding four points in the dying seconds of Washington’s victory over Dallas.
Luka Doncic had 33 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks.
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