October 22, 2021

Booker drills game-winner as Suns beat Mavericks

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Devin Booker nailed a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining to cap a wild finish that gave the visiting Phoenix Suns a 109-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

In the rematch of a game the Suns won 111-105 on Saturday night in Dallas, the Mavericks had a shot at breaking a five-game losing streak, but Luka Doncic couldn’t connect from 28 feet at the final horn.

The contest was tied on 15 occasions, the last time at 106-all when Booker nailed an 18-footer with 55.7 seconds remaining.

Monday night’s NBA results

Charlotte Hornets 129 – 121 Miami Heat
Los Angeles Lakers 107 – 99 Atlanta Hawks
Minnesota Timberwolves 98 – 100 Cleveland Cavaliers
Portland Trail Blazers 106 – 134 Milwaukee Bucks
Houston Rockets 136 – 106 Oklahoma City Thunder
New York Knicks 102 – 110 Chicago Bulls
Sacramento Kings 118 – 109 New Orleans Pelicans
Memphis Grizzlies 133 – 102 San Antonio Spurs
Phoenix Suns 109 – 108 Dallas Mavericks

After Josh Richardson put Dallas up 108-106 with two free throws one second later, the Suns had multiple shots at a tie, but Booker misfired on a jumper, Chris Paul couldn’t convert at the hoop and Deandre Ayton missed two follow-up shots, the second of which was blocked by Kristaps Porzingis.

The Suns retained possession, however, and, after a timeout, Booker drilled his game-winner.

Booker, who had missed the Suns’ previous four games with a hamstring injury, went for 24 points in 31 minutes. Paul led the way in Phoenix’s third straight win with a game-high 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, while Ayton finished with 10 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.

Doncic totalled 25 points and eight assists for the Mavericks, who held the game’s biggest lead of 11 points in the third quarter.

Porzingis, who sat out Saturday’s game for rest, registered a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Richardson had 24 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. 18 and Jalen Brunson 11. Porzingis also had three blocks.

Memphis Grizzlies 133 – 102 San Antonio Spurs

Nine Memphis players scored in double figures as the Grizzlies romped past the host San Antonio Spurs 133-102 for their seventh consecutive win.

The runaway came two nights after the Grizzlies beat the Spurs 129-112 in San Antonio. On Monday, Memphis posted a season-high point total for the second straight contest, and the Grizzlies’ 37 assists were their most in a game this season.

The Grizzlies led by as many as 23 midway through the third quarter and never let San Antonio closer than 10 points the rest of the way before running away late.

Gorgui Dieng led Memphis with 19 points off the bench. Brandon Clarke scored 18, Kyle Anderson and De’Anthony Melton hit for 17 points apiece, Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant added 13 points each, Tyus Jones tallied 11 points and 14 assists, and Xavier Tillman and Desmond Bane scored 10 each. Tillman and Dieng had a team-best nine rebounds.

San Antonio’s Keldon Johnson paced all scorers with 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge added 14 and 12 points, respectively, and Patty Mills scored 11 for the Spurs, who have lost two straight.

Houston Rockets 136 – 106 Oklahoma City Thunder

Houston Rockets guard Ben McLemore (16) fouls Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Oklahoma City. 1:21
Highlights of the Houston Rockets’ trip to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Week 7 of the NBA

Eric Gordon scored 25 points and led the Rockets’ record 3-point barrage as Houston rolled to a 136-106 win over the host Oklahoma City Thunder. Houston’s DeMarcus Cousins also hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points.

Gordon hit five of the Rockets’ franchise-best 28 treys. Houston (10-9) earned its sixth win in a row and moved above .500 for the first time this season.

The Rockets’ previous record for 3-pointers in a game was 27 last season, which set an NBA record at the time. The Milwaukee Bucks broke that record earlier this season with 29.

The Rockets reeled off 18 consecutive points in the first quarter to take a 21-4 lead and kept pouring it on

By the time the opening period was over, the Rockets tied an NBA record for 3-pointers in a quarter with 11 and scored 48 points. It was the second consecutive game with a 48-point quarter for Houston, which had 48 points in the second quarter Saturday at New Orleans.

The 48 points were the most allowed by the Thunder in a quarter since the franchise’s move to Oklahoma City, topping the previous mark of 45 by Atlanta – twice in the same game – in January 2019.

The Thunder (8-11) have dropped two straight and five of their past seven.

Wall and Wood added 18 each for the Rockets while Oladipo had 15. Wood grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 19 points while Darius Bazley and Hamidou Diallo added 15 each. George Hill (thumb) missed his fourth consecutive game for Oklahoma City.

Sacramento Kings 118 – 109 New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson, left, is fouled by Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. 1:09
Highlights of the Sacramento Kings’ trip to the New Orleans Pelicans in Week 7 of the NBA

De’Aaron Fox produced 38 points and 12 assists, and visiting Sacramento Kings rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-109.

Harrison Barnes added 24 points, and Richaun Holmes had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots for Sacramento. Buddy Hield scored 16 points and Marvin Bagley III scored 10 points before being ejected early in the third quarter after receiving his second technical foul.

Brandon Ingram scored 20 points to lead the Pelicans, and Josh Hart added 15 points and 13 rebounds. Zion Williamson scored 17, Eric Bledsoe and Lonzo Ball each had 14, and Willy Hernangomez had 13 points and 11 rebounds.