Booker, Suns Extend Win Streak to 15, Beat Knicks 188-97

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The Phoenix Suns will take their 15-game winning run to Brooklyn to face the Nets.

It’s a big game, but not for the Suns, who are on a roll.

On Friday night, Booker scored 32 points to help the Suns equal their second-longest winning streak in team history, defeating the New York Knicks 118-97.

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For the Suns, who advanced to 16-3, Chris Paul scored 14 points and 10 assists. The defending Western Conference champions will play the Eastern Conference leaders on Saturday in an attempt to complete a flawless four-game road trip.

“We take it one step at a time.” “We know we’ve got a strong opponent waiting for us tomorrow who’s been well-rested,” All-Star guard Devin Booker said. “All we have to do now is come in with the same attitude, play the same sort of basketball we do, defend at a high level, and get in condition to get it done.”

“This ain’t a playoff game tomorrow,” Paul stated after a long career in the league. “It’s excellent for us to compete out there… We’re merely attempting to construct. It’s not about winning a November game.”

During the 2006-07 season, Phoenix also won 15 consecutive games. Later that season, the Suns won a franchise-record 17 consecutive games.

Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the game. Booker shot 14 of 27 from the floor, including four three-pointers. He didn’t even try for a free throw.

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To begin the trip, the Suns had to battle hard to win in San Antonio and Cleveland, but they were in command for the majority of the time at Madison Square Garden. They led throughout the final three quarters, with a lead of up to 24 points.

The Knicks have lost seven straight games to the Phoenix since defeating them twice in the 2017-18 season. Kemba Walker led the team with 17 points.

In the first quarter, the Knicks went 9 for 18 from the field, but the Suns were just a hair better, going 14 for 22 for a 33-27 edge.

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau stated, “If you give them the shots that we gave them, they get a lot of confidence early.” “Once they gain confidence, it will be difficult to stop them.”

Booker scored 21 points in the opening two quarters for the Suns, who led 57-44 at halftime after shooting 24 for 45 (53 percent).

With 4 minutes remaining in the second quarter, the All-Star guard led an 8-2 run, capping it off by hitting an open Mikal Bridges for a slam that stretched the advantage to 48-34.

When Walker cut the Suns’ lead to 67-57 with 7:31 left in the third, Booker answered with a 17-foot jumper and a 3-pointer in a minute to push the lead to 72-57.

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