December 29, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, United States; Phoenix Suns guard Landry Shamet (14) dribbles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Ty Jerome (16) in the first half at the Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Devin Booker tied his season-high 38 points while hitting a milestone and also had seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Phoenix Suns to 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.
Cameron Johnson had 12 points, Jalen Smith had 11 points and 14 rebounds and Chris Paul added 10 points for the Suns.
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.
Booker scored 68 points in less than a week against the Thunder. He scored 30 when Phoenix recorded a 113-101 home victory over Oklahoma City last Thursday.
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 for Oklahoma City, who played without top scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (ankle) and five others who were on COVID-19 protocols.
Both head coaches missed the game due to COVID-19 protocols – Phoenix’s Monty Williams and Thunder’s Mark Daigneault. Assistant Kevin Young coached the Suns for the second game in a row while assistant Mike Wilks coached the Thunder for the second game in a row.
The Suns were deprived of four players due to COVID-19 protocols, including Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder.
Phoenix shot 46.1% from the field, including 12 of 34 3-pointers.
Mike Muscala scored 13 points, Paul Watson added 11 and Isaiah Roby scored 10 for the Thunder, who had 39.6 percent of their shots and were 7 of 35 behind the arc.
Oklahoma City was 98-93 after a 3-point Wiggins with 6:43 left before Phoenix scored 10 straight points.
Booker scored six points in the race as the Suns increased their lead to 15 with three minutes remaining and sailed to the finish.
Booker scored 23 points in the first half as the Suns led 60-52 at the break.
The Thunder rallied to lead 75-72 after Wiggins’ basket with 4:05 left in the third quarter.
The stanza ended with McGee slamming a 23-foot foot through the hoop before the buzzer to give the Suns an 85-81 advantage.
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