Booker scores 33 as Suns top Bulls 104-99
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 29, 2017 11:41 AM
FILE - MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JANUARY 14: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns shoots the ball against the San Antonio Spurs as part of NBA Global Games at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on January 14, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Andrew Seligman, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) - Devin Booker scored 33 points, and the Phoenix Suns held off the Chicago Bulls for a 104-99 win on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Booker looked just fine after sitting out a game because of inflammation in his right big toe, nailing five three-pointers and grabbing nine rebounds.
T.J. Warren scored 25 for Phoenix, and Alex Len tied a career high with 18 rebounds. The Suns dominated on the glass 57-41 while snapping a three-game losing streak.
The rebuilding Bulls are a league-worst 3-16 after dropping their sixth straight.
Justin Holiday made six three-pointers on his way to 25 points for Chicago. Kris Dunn added 24 points, hitting all four from long range, and eight assists.
Phoenix came out on top after Chicago cut a 15-point fourth-quarter lead to three in the final minute.
Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen hit a triple to make it 102-99 with 22.5 seconds left. But Warren hit two free throws and blocked a three by Markkanen to help preserve the win.
The Suns went on a 12-point run in the third to go up 63-49, with Tyler Ulis hitting a three and converting a three-point play and Booker nailing two from long range.
The Bulls cut it to three heading into the fourth. But the Suns went on a 14-2 run to start the quarter, with Troy Daniels nailing a three to make it 87-72 with 8:22 left.
Suns: The Suns swept the Bulls for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Bulls: F Nikola Mirotic attended a game for the first time since a preseason altercation with teammate Bobby Portis left him with several broken bones in his face as well as a concussion. He remains sidelined with the injuries from the altercation at practice on Oct. 17 (Oct. 18, PHL time). Coach Fred Hoiberg said the two have not talked as far as he knows. Mirotic started practicing with the team again on Monday, and they did go against each other at times. ... Mirotic and F Zach LaVine (torn ACL) will practice with the G League's Windy City Bulls while Chicago heads to Denver for a game on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).
Suns: Visit Detroit on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).
Bulls: Visit Denver on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).