(Basketball news) The Phoenix Suns in the current form look unbeatable as they beat the Chicago Bulls 127-124. For the Suns, Booker hit the 30-point mark for the third time in four games as the All-Star made 14 of 23 shots, including five 3-pointers, Chris Paul added 19 points and 11 assists. JaVale McGee finished with 16 points and eight rebounds and Mikal Bridges scored 15. For the Bulls, Zach LaVine added 32 points after missing the previous two games because of back spasms and DeMar DeRozan scored 38. With this win it meant that they stretched their winning run to 13 wins in 14 games as they improved to 43-10 overall and a league-leading 21-5 on the road. They also have the best record in the NBA by far as they sit comfortably on top of the Western Conference.
''Just playing within the offense,'' Booker said. ''I understand that's how our team is built, there are gonna be opportunities to score at all times. I've been in this system for a minute now. There's no reason to force anything. We have too many talented players out there.''
''I thought as the game wore on, we played at a higher and higher and higher standard,'' Donovan said. ''To start the game, it was almost like they forced us to play at a higher level. And we've got to be able to do that ourselves.''
“With our team, it's just we're always so balanced,'' Paul said. ''We take the best available shot and not just any shot.''
The Golden State Warriors won against the Oklahoma City Thunders 110-98 as they won their 9th straight match. For the Warriors, Klay Thompson scored 21 points and Stephen Curry added 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. For the Warriors, who shot 50% from the field, Andrew Wiggins scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half. For OKC, Dort scored 26 points and Bazley matched a season high with 20 for Oklahoma City. Josh Giddey added 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. With this result the Warriors improved their record to 41-13 and sit comfortably in second spot in the Western Conference table.
''It was great to see Klay hit those back-to-back 3s to kind of seal the win,'' Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. ''Just fun to have him back, and he looks great out there. He's moving great. It's fun to be able to play him.''
'He's so good at shooting the ball, I feel like my hand doesn't really do anything,'' Bazley said. ''You've kind of like just got to bank on him missing. There's some players that are just so good that they don't even see you.''
''We need him,'' Kerr said of Andre Iguodala playing after a month. ''You could see how good he was in that first half. He just does so many things for us. So it's definitely a concern.''
The other results were:
- Hornets 101 – 116 Raptors
- Wizards 100 – 121 Heat
- Jazz 113 – 104 Knicks
Tomorrow’s fixtures are:
- 76ers vs Suns
- Hawks vs Pacers
- Nets vs Celtics
- Grizzlies vs Clippers
- Pelicans vs Rockets
- Mavericks vs Pistons
- Nuggets vs Knicks
- Lakers vs Bucks
- Kings vs Timberwolves
- Trail Blazers vs Magic