December 29, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, United States; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Ty Jerome (16) shoots Phoenix Suns forward Jalen Smith (10) in the second half at the Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Devin Booker tied his season high of 38 points while hitting a milestone as the Phoenix Suns claimed a 115-97 victory over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
JaVale McGee contributed 16 points and eight rebounds and Cameron Payne added 16 points and seven assists for Phoenix, who broke a two-game slide.
In the first quarter, Booker (25, 60 days) became the seventh youngest player in NBA history to reach 10,000 career points. He finished the match with 10,034.
Ty Jerome set career records of 24 points and eight rebounds for Oklahoma City, which abandoned its second straight game. Aaron Wiggins added 22 points and eight boards
Kings 95, Mavericks 94
Chimezie Metu connected to a 3-point buzzer during an in-bounds game that started with 3.8 seconds left, giving Sacramento a victory over Dallas.
De’Aaron Fox led a balanced offense in Sacramento with 16 points. Barnes and Davion Mitchell followed with 14 apiece, Tyrese Haliburton had 12 with 10 assists, and Metu and Marvin Bagley III scored 11 apiece.
Jalen Brunson had a high 25 points to go with six assists, a high for the team and Kristaps Porzingis added 24 points to complete seven rebounds, a high for the team, for the Mavericks, who will stay in Sacramento and get a rematch on Friday night.
Knicks 94, pistons 85
Alec Burks scored a high 34 points off the bench as visiting New York rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat exhausted Detroit.
Immanuel Quickly had 18 points and RJ Barrett threw 15 for New York.
Saddiq Bey of Detroit recorded a career-high 32 points and Hamidou Diallo provided 31 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons, who had 12 players listed as absent, including eight in league protocols. They used six players who signed 10-day contracts last week.
Jazz 120, Trail Blazers 105
Rudy Gobert scored 22 points and took 14 rebounds and Rudy Gay scored 21 points to lead Utah’s tour past Portland.
Six Jazz players scored 15 or more points and the team shot 52.9% from the field to win their fifth straight game overall and eighth in a row on the road.
Damian Lillard and Norman Powell each shot 32 points for the Trail Blazers, who have lost three games in a row. Portland, who has never led and trailed up to 22 points, was without two coaches, including head coach Chauncey Billups, and seven players who are all in NBA health and safety protocols.
Hornets 116, Pacers 108
Terry Rozier scored 35 points, including a late-game hot stretch, as Charlotte Hornets beat Indiana in Indianapolis.
Three times in the last six minutes when the Pacers ran races, Rozier responded with jumpers. His 3-point stretched the advantage to 111-103 with 2:33 to go. He had 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Charlotte has a three-game winning streak. Caris LeVert led the Pacers in scoring for the sixth time in the last eight games, accumulating 27 points.
Bulls 131, Falcons 117
Zach LaVine scored 25 points and Nikola Vucevic and Coby White netted double doubles as host Chicago extended their winning streak to five games with a win over Atlanta.
Winning 12 points in Atlanta on Monday, the Bulls swept the home-and-back series while sending the Hawks to a penalty kill for their third straight loss and fifth loss in six games. Vucevic contributed 16 points and 20 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double and fourth in five games. White added 17 points and 12 of Chicago’s 38 best assists.
Trae Young scored a high 26 points to play with 11 assists for Atlanta in Game 1 of a six-game road trip. Plagued with numerous absences due to NBA health and safety protocols for COVID-19, the Hawks lined up a roster that included just four players in regular rotation and had many additions that signed hardship contracts of 10 days.
Grizzly 104, Lakers 99
Ja Morant achieved a career-high six at 3 points and scored 41 points, a season-high, as Memphis rallied for their third straight win, beating visiting Los Angeles.
Desmond Bane scored 20 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 15 for Memphis, who trailed for most of the first three quarters before beating the Lakers 26-16 in the final period.
LeBron James tied his career high with eight 3-pointers and finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers. Russell Westbrook recorded his eighth triple-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
Clippers 91, Celtics 82
Marcus Morris Sr. finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds against his former team to lead former Los Angeles host Boston on the penalty kill.
Luke Kennard, Eric Bledsoe and Terance Mann added 17 points each for the Clippers, who had lost two games in a row and five of their previous six.
Jaylen Brown scored a high 30 points on 13 of 36 shots for the Celtics. Boston suffered a third straight loss and its eighth in 11 games. The Celtics shot 34.7% (35 of 101) from the field and scored just 4 of 42 3 points (9.5%).
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