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Booker scores 33 as Suns top Bulls 104-99

CHICAGO (AP) For all the big shots he hit, Devin Booker was most proud of the one he blocked.

Booker scored 33 points, and the Phoenix Suns held off the Chicago Bulls for a 104-99 win on Tuesday night.

Booker looked just fine after sitting out a game because of inflammation in his right big toe, nailing five 3-pointers and grabbing nine rebounds. But the play that most stood out to him came in the final minute.

The Suns were leading by five with about 30 seconds left when Chicago's Kris Dunn stole the ball from Tyler Ulis and went for a layup. Booker raced back to block him.

''That's crunch time, so whatever I had to do to win,'' he said.

T.J. Warren scored 25 for Phoenix. Alex Len had 13 points and tied a career high with 18 rebounds after not playing in two of the previous three games. The Suns dominated on the glass 57-41 while snapping a three-game losing streak.

''I'm proud of this team,'' Booker said. ''We fought hard tonight. A lot of energy, talking on defense. Things that we needed to be working on, we did today.''

The rebuilding Bulls are a league-worst 3-16 after dropping their sixth straight.

Justin Holiday made a career-high six 3-pointers on his way to 25 points for Chicago. Dunn added a personal-best 24 points, hitting all four from long range, and eight assists.

''It's tough on everybody,'' Dunn said. ''Everybody, from the coaching staff to the players, we all come from a winning mentality in high school and college, so it's definitely hard. As a group, we have to understand we're young and we have to look at the future. There's going to be something good at the near end.''

HANGING ON

Phoenix came out on top after Chicago cut a 15-point fourth-quarter lead to three in the final minute.

Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen hit a 3 to make it 102-99 with 22.5 seconds left. But Warren hit two free throws and blocked a 3 by Markkanen to help preserve the win.

The Suns went on a 12-point run in the third to go up 63-49, with Ulis hitting a 3 and converting a three-point play and Booker nailing two from long range.

The Bulls cut it to three heading into the fourth. But the Suns went on a 14-2 run to start the quarter, with Troy Daniels nailing a 3 to make it 87-72 with 8:22 left.

QUOTABLE

''We hung in there when our shots were not going down (in the first half). We talked about making them call the first timeout. I'm sick and tired of calling the first timeout in quarters and they come out with a 7-0 run to take control and put it up to a double-digit game. Then in the fourth quarter, they get off to a 14-2 start. It's just so hard to continue to climb uphill, especially late in the game like that.'' - Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg.

TIP-INS

Suns: The Suns swept the Bulls for the first time since the 2007-08 season. ... Booker has eight 30-point games this season.

Bulls: F Nikola Mirotic attended a game for the first time since a preseason altercation with teammate Bobby Portis left him with several broken bones in his face as well as a concussion. He remains sidelined with the injuries from the altercation at practice on Oct. 17. Hoiberg said the two have not talked as far as he knows. Mirotic started practicing with the team again on Monday, and they did go against each other at times. ... Mirotic and F Zach LaVine (torn ACL) will practice with the G League's Windy City Bulls while Chicago heads to Denver for a game on Thursday.

UP NEXT

Suns: Visit Detroit on Wednesday.

Bulls: Visit Denver on Thursday.

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Key Players
D. Booker
1 G
B. Portis
5 F
22.9 Min. Per Game 22.9
12.8 Pts. Per Game 12.8
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
7.5 Reb. Per Game 7.5
43.8 Field Goal % 45.5
44.1 Three Point % 45.0
86.2 Free Throw % 81.5
  Defensive rebound by Devin Booker 0:03
  Lauri Markkanen missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by T.J. Warren 0:07
+ 1 T.J. Warren made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:15
+ 1 T.J. Warren made 1st of 2 free throws 0:15
  Personal foul on Justin Holiday 0:15
+ 3 Lauri Markkanen made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kris Dunn 0:22
+ 1 Tyler Ulis made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:24
  Team rebound 0:24
  Tyler Ulis missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:24
  Personal foul on Denzel Valentine 0:24
  Defensive rebound by Tyler Ulis 0:24
Team Stats
Points 104 99
Field Goals 38-87 (43.7%) 38-94 (40.4%)
3-Pointers 11-30 (36.7%) 16-40 (40.0%)
Free Throws 17-23 (73.9%) 7-10 (70.0%)
Total Rebounds 67 47
Offensive 13 9
Defensive 44 32
Team 10 6
Assists 24 27
Steals 4 11
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 15 9
Fouls 12 20
Technicals 0 0
33 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
24 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Suns 8-14 28182731104
home team logo Bulls 3-16 2914272999
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 8-14 102.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.6 APG
home team logo Bulls 3-16 101.8 PPG 41.6 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
D. Booker G 23.5 PPG 3.6 RPG 6.7 APG 43.9 FG%
J. Holiday G 12.4 PPG 4.4 RPG 2.4 APG 41.1 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Booker G 33 PTS 9 REB 4 AST
J. Holiday G 25 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
43.7 FG% 40.4
36.7 3PT FG% 40.0
73.9 FT% 70.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 33 33 9 4 1 1 3 0 10/23 5/9 8/10 0 9 49 -5
T. Warren 39 25 7 1 1 1 2 3 10/20 1/5 4/4 4 3 34 +8
T. Ulis 31 14 5 6 1 0 4 0 5/9 1/1 3/5 0 5 28 +2
T. Chandler 18 1 5 2 0 1 0 2 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 4 11 +4
D. Bender 22 0 4 2 0 0 0 2 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 4 8 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 33 33 9 4 1 1 3 0 10/23 5/9 8/10 0 9 49 -5
T. Warren 39 25 7 1 1 1 2 3 10/20 1/5 4/4 4 3 34 +8
T. Ulis 31 14 5 6 1 0 4 0 5/9 1/1 3/5 0 5 28 +2
T. Chandler 18 1 5 2 0 1 0 2 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 4 11 +4
D. Bender 22 0 4 2 0 0 0 2 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 4 8 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Len 29 13 18 1 0 0 2 0 6/10 0/0 1/2 6 12 31 +1
T. Daniels 14 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 3/7 3/6 0/0 0 1 12 +10
M. James 16 5 1 7 1 0 2 2 2/8 1/5 0/0 0 1 19 +3
M. Chriss 25 4 6 0 0 1 2 1 2/5 0/1 0/0 2 4 9 +12
J. Jackson 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -3
J. Dudley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Monroe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 104 57 24 4 4 15 12 38/87 11/30 17/23 13 44 202 +25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 34 25 3 5 2 3 1 6 9/15 6/9 1/2 0 3 42 +14
K. Dunn 32 24 4 8 4 1 4 4 10/16 4/5 0/0 0 4 45 +2
L. Markkanen 34 12 6 4 0 1 0 2 4/15 3/11 1/2 0 6 27 +1
R. Lopez 34 10 7 3 0 1 2 1 4/15 0/0 2/2 5 2 22 +6
D. Valentine 38 5 6 4 3 0 1 3 2/7 1/5 0/0 1 5 21 -11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 34 25 3 5 2 3 1 6 9/15 6/9 1/2 0 3 42 +14
K. Dunn 32 24 4 8 4 1 4 4 10/16 4/5 0/0 0 4 45 +2
L. Markkanen 34 12 6 4 0 1 0 2 4/15 3/11 1/2 0 6 27 +1
R. Lopez 34 10 7 3 0 1 2 1 4/15 0/0 2/2 5 2 22 +6
D. Valentine 38 5 6 4 3 0 1 3 2/7 1/5 0/0 1 5 21 -11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Portis 17 9 4 1 0 0 0 1 3/5 1/2 2/2 1 3 15 -1
J. Grant 20 6 3 2 1 0 0 1 3/7 0/1 0/0 1 2 14 -13
A. Blakeney 11 6 4 0 0 0 1 0 2/8 1/3 1/2 0 4 9 -1
C. Felicio 9 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 4 -16
P. Zipser 6 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0/5 0/4 0/0 0 3 4 -6
Q. Pondexter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Mirotic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Payne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. LaVine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Arcidiacono - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Nwaba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 99 41 27 11 7 9 20 38/94 16/40 7/10 9 32 203 -25