Booker scores 24 points, the Suns beat the Mavs for the 10th in a row

PHOENIX (AP) – Devin Booker scored 24 points, Deandre Ayton had 19 points and 13 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns …

PHOENIX (AP) – Devin Booker scored 24 points, Deandre Ayton had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns ran their winning streak to 10 games, beating the Dallas Mavericks 105-98 Wednesday night.

Chris Paul drove to the basket and was about to fall off the field before finding Ayton to dunk and a 100-96 lead with 1:27 left. Paul had seven assists in the fourth quarter and finished with 14.

Booker hit a long 3-pointer where the shot clock expired with 50 seconds left to seal it. The Suns scored 37 points over a fantastic fourth quarter.

Dallas has lost for the second time in the last seven games. The Mavericks played their first game of the season without star guard Luka Doncic, who suffered sprains in his left knee and ankle in the waning moments of a win over Denver on Monday.

Even without their best player, the Balanced Mavericks almost won. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points, Kristaps Porzingis added 21 and Jalen Bruson had 18.

The game was close throughout, though the Mavericks usually had a slight advantage. Booker gave the Suns their first lead in the fourth quarter at 87-86 as he made a run layout with 5:32 left.

Dallas took a 73-68 lead into the fourth quarter after Trey Burke hit a shot just before the buzzard of the third quarter.

The Mavericks had a 46-45 lead at the break. Booker had 15 points for the Suns, and Ayton added 10 points and eight rebounds. Porzingis had 14.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE

Ayton finished with his 100th double-double in 186 career games, which is the fastest in franchise history.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Doncic and Maxi Kleber (left slant tribe) did not play. Doncic averages 24.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game. … Frank Ntilikina scored 13 points on 5 of 8 shots. … Mavericks shot 16 of 32 (50%) from 3-point range.

Suns: F / C Frank Kaminsky (knee tenderness) did not play. … It took the Suns almost four minutes to score their first point. Phoenix missed its first seven shots and fell into an 8-0 hole before Ayton made a fallaway jumper. … Paul missed his first nine shots tonight before making a 15-foot jumper early in the fourth quarter. He has seven points. … Landry Shamet scored 11 points from the bench. JaVale McGee added 10 points and six rebounds.

NEXT

The Mavericks and Suns play against each other again Friday night in Phoenix.

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