Booker scores 16 as the Suns cool off with the Raptors, 99-95

TORONTO – Devin Booker scored 16 points, including the starting basket with 1:02 left, and Chris Paul had 15 points and 12 assists as the Phoenix Suns beat Toronto 99-95 on Tuesday night to snatch the Raptors’ longest winning streak. of the season by six games.

Jae Crowder matched his season high with 19 points, Deandre Ayton had 16 and Mikal Bridges added 12 as the Suns improved to 31-9, matching the franchise’s best record through 40 games.

“It’s one of those games you have to put your helmet on,” Paul said.

Phoenix won despite allowing Toronto 15 more field goal attempts and letting the Raptors snatch the season’s highest 22 offensive rebounds. The Suns also made 20 turnovers, leading to 18 points for Toronto.

“When you have so many turnovers and you give up so many extra assets, you better do something good,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. ‘I thought our halfway defense was healthy.’

Booker shot 4 for 13, including 2 of 7 from 3-point range, and made three turnovers.

“It was a fight all night,” he said. ‘They beat us up a little bit, but down the stretch we picked it up a little bit and did what we were supposed to.’

AND Anunoby scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam had 22 and Fred VanVleet added 21 to the Raptors, who lost for the first time since Dec. 28 against Philadelphia.

“Give them credit,” VanVleet said. ‘They are one of the best teams in the league for a reason. They shut us out there eventually, but I thought we had a good fight. ‘

Chris Boucher had 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Raptors, who played without injured starters Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr.

Trent missed his second game in a row due to a sore left ankle while Barnes sat out with a sore right knee.

“We did not have Scottie, we did not have Gary – those are two big pieces for us – but we hung in there,” Boucher said. – We did not shoot the ball well. There are a lot of things that did not go our way, but we still found a way to stay in the game. ‘

The Raptors led 83-81 after Boucher made a couple of free throws with 6:19 left, but Crowder and Bridges each hit a 3-pointer before Ayton hit an 8-0 sprint as Phoenix opened an 89-83 lead with 4:13 left. go, it’s the game’s greatest.

Siakam stopped the race with a basket and Anunoby added a 3 to 89-88 with 2:36 left.

Booker failed Anunoby as they scrambled for a loose ball with 1:41 left and the Toronto striker made both to bring the Raptors up 90-89.

After three missed 3-pointers by the Suns, Booker hit a starting jumper with 62 seconds left, and after Siakam missed, Paul’s pull-up jumper made it 93-90 with 32 seconds left.

Anunoby cut it to one with a basket, but Booker restored the three-point cushion with a couple of free throws.

Toronto’s Khem Birch and Paul each converted two free throws, and the Suns sent VanVleet to the line with four seconds left. He made the first and missed the second, but Phoenix’s Jalen Smith snatched the riposte and Ayton squeezed the lead to four with a couple of free throws.

VanVleet scored 10 points in the first as Toronto led 31-23 after one, but Crowder responded with 13 points in the second as the Suns reduced the deficit to 48-46 at the break.

“Jae’s shots in the second quarter saved us, kept the air in the tires a bit,” Williams said.

Siakam hit a tiebreaking jumper with 8.8 seconds left in the third to give the Raptors a 71-69 lead en route to fourth.

MASKOT UFEL

An angry Booker asked the officer crew to move the Raptor mascot between penalty throws late in the fourth quarter, and the judges committed to moving the red dinosaur from its seat behind the basket to the corner of the court.

‘We’re hashing it out, we’re dating now,’ Booker said afterwards about his clash with Raptor.

TIP-INS

Suns: F Cam Johnson (left ankle) was unavailable after being injured in Saturday’s loss to Miami. ‘G Landry Shamet returned after missing the last three matches while in the health and safety records. F Justin Jackson (personally) did not travel to Toronto. Williams said Jackson could rejoin the team Friday in Indiana. ‘F Ish Wainwright (Health and Safety Protocols) was not available. Phoenix signed C Bismack Biyombo for the rest of the season.

Raptors: Boucher matched a career high with nine offensive rebounds. Siakam had four assists in the first quarter. He finished with seven. Yuta Watanabe missed the previous four matches after going into the health and safety protocols.

NEXT

Suns: Visit the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

Raptors: Begin a five-game road trip in Detroit on Friday.

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