The Phoenix Suns are now 9-6 on the season after a 134-133 defeat to the Utah Jazz. It was a slow start for the Suns, who dug themselves into an early 18-3 hole to begin the game. Phoenix was down by as much as 19 points in the first half before eventually crawling back.
However, the Suns eventually pushed back to turn Friday night’s matchup into one of the more epic games of the season, mostly thanks to the efforts of Devin Booker.
Booker finished with 49 points, edging his previous season-high of 35 points. He was one point shy of having his fourth 50-point game. He missed four of last five shots down the stretch. Booker scored 45 in the first three quarters before getting smothered by Jazz defenders in the fourth. While he went only 2-for-9 from beyond the arc, he shot the ball well overall, including knocking down all 15 of his free throw attempts. The Suns guard also matched his season best with 10 assists and came up just two rebounds short of a triple-double. After Friday’s loss, Booker is averaging 28.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game.