Chris Paul scored 20 factors, Devin Booker added 16 and the Phoenix Suns bounced again from a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves the night time earlier than by beating them 113-101
PHOENIX — Chris Paul scored 20 factors, Devin Booker added 16 and the Phoenix Suns bounced again from a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves the night time earlier than by beating them 113-101 on Friday.
Mikal Bridges scored 17 factors and Langston Galloway added 14 off the bench for the Suns, who improved to 27-13 and have received 16 of their final 20 video games.
“Clearly, we needed some kind of revenge tonight,” Booker stated. “We had a salty feeling in our mouths after the loss final night time.”
Karl-Anthony Cities led the Timberwolves with 24 factors. Ricky Rubio had 21 factors and 10 assists for Minnesota, which fell to 10-32.
Minnesota shocked Phoenix on Thursday night time with a 123-119 comeback win. Cities and rookie Anthony Edwards mixed to attain 83 factors in that one, however the Suns had been prepared for them this time.
“The NBA is performed slightly like a chess recreation,” Rubio stated. “You make a transfer after which they make a counter transfer.”
The Timberwolves regarded as if they may pull off one other upset for some time on Friday. Within the midst of a 10-0 Minnesota run throughout the second quarter that gave the Timberwolves a 45-43 lead, Suns coach Monty Williams was ejected after receiving two fast technicals for arguing with the officers.
Williams stated he was upset when Booker bought “smacked within the face” and Bridges bought “drilled” going to the basket and there was no foul name on both play.
“That’s not a tactic I exploit however tonight was a type of nights I felt like I needed to rise up for our guys,” Williams stated. “I wasn’t making an attempt to make a degree or something like that. I used to be a bit upset about that many no-calls.”
The ejection appeared to ignite the Suns, who went on a 17-2 spurt that gave Phoenix a 60-47 benefit late within the first half. The Suns led 64-54 on the break.
The Timberwolves rallied within the second half, scoring the primary 15 factors to push forward 69-64 with 7:39 left within the third quarter. The Suns regained their composure and took an 83-78 lead into the fourth.
Minnesota did not get any nearer after the Suns opened the fourth interval with an 11-3 surge to place the sport away. Bridges had 5 factors in that spurt.
“Chris was superb and the bench got here in and gave us a giant enhance within the third and the start of the fourth,” Williams stated.
Edwards had 11 factors one night time after scoring a career-high 42. The No. 1 general draft decide completed 4 of 18 from the sphere and dedicated seven turnovers.
“I’ve bought to be extra according to my mid-range shot, my 3-ball, as a result of everybody is aware of I need to get to the rim,” Edwards stated.
Timberwolves: Malik Beasley (NBA suspension), Jordan McLaughlin (well being and security protocols) and D’Angelo Russell (left knee surgical procedure) didn’t play. … Minnesota fell to 44-73 in opposition to the Suns.
Suns: Williams was ejected for the primary time in two seasons with the Suns. Actually, he was whistled for his first two technical fouls over the identical span. … F Cam Johnson missed his sixth straight recreation due to the league’s well being and security protocol.
Timberwolves: Return house to face Oklahoma Metropolis on Monday.
Suns: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
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