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Warren leads balanced Suns past Bulls, 113-105

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns - the starters and the guys off the bench - piled up the assists against Chicago and sent the Bulls to another loss.

T.J. Warren scored 27 points to lead six Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns handed the Bulls their sixth loss in seven games, 113-105 on Sunday night.

Rookie Lauri Markkanen, the former University of Arizona standout, scored a career-best 26 points for the Bulls in a matchup of the NBA's youngest teams.

The Suns had a season-high 32 assists on 45 baskets. Their season best had been 28 in each of the previous two games.

''We're moving from side to side and everybody's touching the ball,'' Warren said. ''Everybody's getting the ball.''

Devin Booker and Mike James added 15 points apiece for Phoenix. Eight of James' points came in the final 10 minutes.

James, who is coming off the bench after starting most of the young season, said the team's chemistry is getting better.

''I think it's really high,'' he said. ''It shows in our assists and how we're sharing the ball, and how we're playing defense, how we're helping each other.''

Troy Daniels added 14 for the Suns, including four of seven 3s. Centers Greg Monroe and Alex Len had 10 apiece.

Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano stuck with bench players, including James at point guard, down the stretch. Reserves scored 24 consecutive points for the Suns in an 8:24 stretch in the third and fourth quarter.

''I think we're getting better, we're getting more familiar with each other,'' he said, ''and I think our guys are understanding that it could be a variety of players in there. ... I think everybody is starting to figure out where they're supposed to be, therefore we're passing the ball a whole lot better.''

Kris Dunn scored 17 points and Robin Lopez 16 for the Bulls. They were coming off a Friday night victory over Charlotte that snapped a five-game losing streak.

Markkanen made 10 of 18 shots, 4 of 9 from 3-point range, and grabbed 13 rebounds.

''I thought Lauri was phenomenal,'' Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''But when he is open, we got to get him the ball. When he has got it rolling like he did tonight, guys were switching and we had him a couple of times with the point guard buried in his back and we didn't get him the ball.''

The Suns scored the first seven of the second quarter to tie it at 37 and neither team led by more than six the rest of the half. Warren's basket capped a 10-0 run that gave Phoenix a 54-48 lead with 2:42 left in the half and the Suns led 61-56 at the break.

Chicago outscored Phoenix 16-5 over a five-minute span to take an 84-79 lead with 2:17 left in the third. But the Bulls didn't score again in the quarter while Daniels and Josh Jackson each sank 3-pointers to put the Suns up 85-84 entering the fourth.

Phoenix took the lead for good 87-85 on Len's dunk. James scored six and Warren the final four in a decisive 15-5 surge that put the Suns up 106-95 with 3:37 to go.

Chicago cut it to 108-103 on Markkanen's fourth 3 with 1:37 to play and got the ball back. But Dunn threw it away and the Suns held on for the win.

''It was a two-possession game with a minute 20 left and we throw a behind the back pass. That can't happen with two guys open, two of our better shooters and we throw it out of bounds,'' Hoiberg said. ''Then next possession down we throw the ball away. We had two key turnovers late that just can't happen if you want to win a game on the road.''

TIP-INS

Bulls: Chicago has not won two in a row yet this season. ... Bulls opened a four-game road trip. ... Ex-Sun Lopez had 10 points and five rebounds in the first quarter, six points and five rebounds the rest of the way. ... Teams have split their series each of the previous three seasons.

Suns: Booker had six assists, James five. ... Phoenix won consecutive games for the third time this season. ... Booker, who has seven 30-point games this season, was just 5 of 15 from the field. ... Phoenix is in midst of stretch when nine of 10 games are at home.

UP NEXT

Bulls: At Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Suns: Host Milwaukee in the return to Phoenix of Eric Bledsoe on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
B. Portis
5 F
D. Booker
1 G
33.5 Min. Per Game 33.5
23.5 Pts. Per Game 23.5
4.3 Ast. Per Game 4.3
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
45.6 Field Goal % 45.1
44.3 Three Point % 45.1
81.3 Free Throw % 85.4
+ 2 Bobby Portis made layup, assist by Denzel Valentine 0:04
  Team rebound 0:06
  Justin Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:08
+ 2 T.J. Warren made dunk, assist by Josh Jackson 0:14
  5-second inbounding violation turnover 0:22
+ 1 T.J. Warren made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:22
  T.J. Warren missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:22
  Team rebound 0:22
  Shooting foul on Bobby Portis 0:22
  Out of bounds turnover on Justin Holiday 0:43
+ 1 Josh Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:56
Team Stats
Points 105 113
Field Goals 42-101 (41.6%) 45-89 (50.6%)
3-Pointers 12-36 (33.3%) 7-27 (25.9%)
Free Throws 9-14 (64.3%) 16-22 (72.7%)
Total Rebounds 57 57
Offensive 12 9
Defensive 35 39
Team 10 9
Assists 20 32
Steals 5 5
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 11 11
Fouls 21 17
Technicals 1 0
26 PTS, 13 REB, 2 AST
27 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Bulls 3-11 37192821105
home team logo Suns 7-11 30312428113
Team Stats
away team logo Bulls 3-11 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Suns 7-11 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
L. Markkanen F 15.2 PPG 7.5 RPG 1.2 APG 43.4 FG%
T. Warren F 19.6 PPG 5.1 RPG 1.3 APG 49.8 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Markkanen F 26 PTS 13 REB 2 AST
T. Warren F 27 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
41.6 FG% 50.6
33.3 3PT FG% 25.9
64.3 FT% 72.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 33 26 13 2 0 0 3 3 10/18 4/9 2/3 2 11 40 -2
R. Lopez 30 16 10 0 0 0 1 4 6/11 0/0 4/6 6 4 25 +3
J. Holiday 36 13 2 3 2 0 1 2 5/20 3/10 0/0 0 2 22 +2
D. Valentine 36 9 7 3 0 0 0 2 3/10 3/7 0/0 1 6 22 -5
J. Grant 20 2 2 2 1 0 2 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 2 7 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Markkanen 33 26 13 2 0 0 3 3 10/18 4/9 2/3 2 11 40 -2
R. Lopez 30 16 10 0 0 0 1 4 6/11 0/0 4/6 6 4 25 +3
J. Holiday 36 13 2 3 2 0 1 2 5/20 3/10 0/0 0 2 22 +2
D. Valentine 36 9 7 3 0 0 0 2 3/10 3/7 0/0 1 6 22 -5
J. Grant 20 2 2 2 1 0 2 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 2 7 -15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Dunn 27 17 6 6 2 0 4 3 8/16 1/2 0/0 1 5 33 +7
B. Portis 19 12 3 1 0 1 0 1 5/10 1/3 1/1 1 2 18 -7
A. Blakeney 18 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 3/9 0/2 1/2 0 2 11 -9
C. Felicio 11 3 1 2 0 0 0 3 1/1 0/0 1/2 1 0 8 -10
Q. Pondexter 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -4
N. Mirotic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Zipser - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Nwaba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 105 47 20 5 1 11 21 42/101 12/36 9/14 12 35 187 -40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 33 27 7 1 1 2 0 2 13/20 0/2 1/2 4 3 39 +12
D. Booker 32 15 1 6 2 0 2 1 5/15 2/8 3/3 0 1 28 -3
G. Monroe 21 10 6 4 0 1 2 3 5/7 0/0 0/2 0 6 23 0
M. Chriss 20 8 6 3 1 0 1 3 3/4 0/1 2/2 0 6 20 +4
T. Ulis 20 3 4 4 0 0 0 2 1/5 0/0 1/2 0 4 15 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Warren 33 27 7 1 1 2 0 2 13/20 0/2 1/2 4 3 39 +12
D. Booker 32 15 1 6 2 0 2 1 5/15 2/8 3/3 0 1 28 -3
G. Monroe 21 10 6 4 0 1 2 3 5/7 0/0 0/2 0 6 23 0
M. Chriss 20 8 6 3 1 0 1 3 3/4 0/1 2/2 0 6 20 +4
T. Ulis 20 3 4 4 0 0 0 2 1/5 0/0 1/2 0 4 15 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. James 26 15 3 5 1 0 3 1 6/12 0/4 3/3 0 3 26 +3
T. Daniels 18 14 4 2 0 0 1 1 5/9 4/7 0/0 1 3 21 +11
A. Len 25 10 8 2 0 1 0 1 4/5 0/0 2/2 3 5 23 +6
J. Jackson 22 7 7 4 0 0 1 1 2/5 1/2 2/4 0 7 21 -1
D. Bender 20 4 2 1 0 0 1 1 1/7 0/3 2/2 1 1 7 +3
J. Dudley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Chandler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 113 48 32 5 4 11 17 45/89 7/27 16/22 9 39 223 +40