Phoenix Suns pip Cleveland Cavaliers to inflict a sixth straight loss
Devin Booker finished with 25, after two 50-point games and a 48-point night over the past three, and that was enough to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 122-113 victory over the Cavaliers on Monday night.
Booker sat more than eight minutes of the second quarter but had 13 assists. Josh Jackson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 19 points for the Suns.
The Suns ended a six-game losing streak while the Cavaliers lost their sixth straight. The teams have the NBA's second- and third-worst records: Phoenix at 18-60 and Cleveland at 19-59.
Collin Sexton scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson added 20 for the Cavs. They played without star forward Kevin Love, who missed his second straight game with left shoulder soreness.
Crawford scored eight points in a surge early in the fourth quarter to give the Suns a 101-86 lead, and Jackson's baseline drive and dunk followed by his blocked shot that set up a fast-break layup at the other end gave the Suns a 17-point lead.
Cleveland cut the lead to six but got no closer. The Suns scored 28 fast-break points to the Cavaliers' three.
Mikal Bridges converted a pair of four-point plays in the first quarter. He hit a 3 and was fouled with 5:57 left, then repeated the feat just before the quarter buzzer to give the Suns a 31-23 lead.
Jackson hit back-to-back 3s for a 48-31 lead at the 7:06 mark of the second quarter. The Suns scored 40 points in the second quarter and took a 71-52 lead into halftime, making 60% of their shots.
The Cavaliers battled back from a 22-point deficit early in the third quarter to cut the Suns' lead to 89-82, and trailed 91-84 going into the fourth. Sexton scored nine points in the third.
Crawford, with a four-point play of his own in the second quarter, became the NBA's career leader in that category with 54, which doesn't include five in the playoffs.
Bridges became the first Suns rookie and 11th in NBA history to reach 100 steals and 100 3-pointers in a season. He came into the game with 123 steals, and knocked down a pair of first-quarter 3s to reach 100.