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Booker scores 46 to lift Suns past 76ers 115-101

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Devin Booker was unguarded as he swished a 26-foot 3-pointer, and shrugged as he tossed up his hands.

The Suns were surely impressed.

The 76ers? Well, they likely wished they could have stayed in bed and called out sick.

Booker scored 46 points and outplayed a flu-ridden Ben Simmons in a battle of 21-year-old stars, and led the Phoenix Suns to a 115-101 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

Booker and Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, have positioned themselves as future faces of the league.

Booker was the one who left all smiles.

''I know there's more things I have to work on,'' Booker said. ''Turn around this franchise, start to get wins and make the playoffs. Whatever I have to do to do that, I'm with it.''

He shook off a wretched start (2 of 11 in the first quarter) and rallied for perhaps his game of the season. Booker, who once scored 70 points in a game, made a whopping 11 of 17 shots in the second half for 32 points. His three 3s in the fourth helped the Suns put away an on-the-rise Sixers team that played one of their worst games of the season. Booker made 5 of 8 3s.

''Devin had quite a night,'' 76ers center Joel Embiid said. ''We took them lightly and we paid for it.''

TJ Warren scored 25 points and Tyler Ulis had 12 points and 12 assists for the Suns.

Embiid had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Simmons scored 20 points. JJ Redick led the Sixers with 25 points.

Redick rallied the Sixers from 17 down and hit consecutive 3s in the fourth that sliced the deficit to five.

Ulis pushed back the Sixers with a 3 and Booker buried two on the next two possessions that squashed the 76ers' comeback for good. Booker let out a big yell after a fastbreak dunk that made it 110-94 and sent The Process fans toward the exits. Booker added one more 3 for good measure and a shrug.

Simmons had the flu and covered his head with his hoodie as he trudged off the court from pregame warmups to the locker room.

''I feel like my body kind of hit a wall,'' Simmons said. ''I woke up and I didn't feel like I could play.''

Simmons, who averaged 23.1 points and 9.4 rebounds, was sick for most of the last three days and didn't leave his place at all on Sunday.

''Out of kindness, I've decided to still start him,'' coach Brett Brown.

Simmons made his first four shots and played 17 minutes in the first half. Fittingly, his first half highlight was a sick dunk: Simmons reached high and snared a low lob pass from Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot that skimmed Dragan Bender's outstretched finger and completed the alley-oop. Simmons scored on an up-and-under layup that brought the crowd to its feet.

It just wasn't enough to bring the Sixers a victory.

Embiid tried to make it a game in the third. He routinely punished Alex Len defensively; Embiid used his right hand to smack a shot into the backboard in the third. The Sixers recovered the ball, Embiid scored and it was 82-75. The Sixers trailed by 10 through three.

The Sixers, shooting 36 percent on 3s this season, missed a whopping 23 of 30 3s.

TIP-INS

Suns: The Suns expect to travel 4,987 miles during the six-game road trip. ... Tyson Chandler had 12 rebounds.

76ers: G T.J. McConnell could return this week against the Lakers. McConnell, averaging 7.1 points and 5.4 assists, missed his third straight game with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. He shot before the game for the first time since he was hurt.

BOOK `EM

Booker was 7 of 8 from the free-throw line, grabbed eight rebounds and had two steals.

UP NEXT

Sunday: At Toronto on Tuesday.

76ers: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

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Key Players
D. Booker
1 G
J. Embiid
21 C
29.7 Min. Per Game 29.7
23.1 Pts. Per Game 23.1
3.1 Ast. Per Game 3.1
11.3 Reb. Per Game 11.3
45.9 Field Goal % 47.8
45.7 Three Point % 48.3
87.3 Free Throw % 78.3
+ 2 Dario Saric made layup, assist by Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot 0:17
  Defensive rebound by Jerryd Bayless 0:21
  Tyson Chandler missed alley-oop shot 0:23
  Defensive rebound by Tyson Chandler 0:39
  Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:41
+ 2 Devin Booker made jump shot 0:53
  Personal foul on Dario Saric 1:16
+ 2 Dario Saric made jump shot, assist by Amir Johnson 1:17
  Offensive rebound by Amir Johnson 1:17
  Ben Simmons missed driving layup 1:17
+ 3 Devin Booker made 3-pt. jump shot 1:27
Team Stats
Points 115 101
Field Goals 44-91 (48.4%) 39-91 (42.9%)
3-Pointers 10-22 (45.5%) 7-30 (23.3%)
Free Throws 17-22 (77.3%) 16-16 (100.0%)
Total Rebounds 50 54
Offensive 15 13
Defensive 31 34
Team 4 7
Assists 25 23
Steals 10 9
Blocks 9 6
Turnovers 11 14
Fouls 14 23
Technicals 0 1
46 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 8 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Suns 9-16 28322926115
home team logo 76ers 13-10 28193222101
Team Stats
away team logo Suns 9-16 102.8 PPG 40 RPG 23.8 APG
home team logo 76ers 13-10 113.9 PPG 47.7 RPG 26.5 APG
Key Players
D. Booker G 23.5 PPG 3.6 RPG 6.7 APG 43.9 FG%
J. Redick F 18.4 PPG 2.3 RPG 3.0 APG 43.9 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Booker G 46 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
J. Redick F 25 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
48.4 FG% 42.9
45.5 3PT FG% 23.3
77.3 FT% 100.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 38 46 8 1 2 1 3 1 17/32 5/8 7/8 3 5 56 +10
T. Warren 34 25 8 3 2 0 2 0 12/19 1/3 0/0 2 6 39 +15
T. Ulis 37 12 1 12 0 0 1 4 4/10 1/3 3/4 0 1 36 +10
T. Chandler 36 7 12 4 3 2 1 4 3/4 0/0 1/2 5 7 31 +11
M. Chriss 22 3 6 2 0 2 0 0 1/5 0/2 1/2 2 4 15 +12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Booker 38 46 8 1 2 1 3 1 17/32 5/8 7/8 3 5 56 +10
T. Warren 34 25 8 3 2 0 2 0 12/19 1/3 0/0 2 6 39 +15
T. Ulis 37 12 1 12 0 0 1 4 4/10 1/3 3/4 0 1 36 +10
T. Chandler 36 7 12 4 3 2 1 4 3/4 0/0 1/2 5 7 31 +11
M. Chriss 22 3 6 2 0 2 0 0 1/5 0/2 1/2 2 4 15 +12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Len 11 7 3 0 0 0 0 3 3/5 0/0 1/1 1 2 10 +3
J. Jackson 23 7 3 0 2 0 3 2 2/8 1/2 2/3 1 2 9 -7
T. Daniels 5 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 1 5 +7
D. Bender 25 3 1 1 0 4 0 0 1/5 1/3 0/0 1 0 10 +2
M. James 5 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 0 3 8 +7
J. Dudley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Monroe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 115 46 25 10 9 11 14 44/91 10/22 17/22 15 31 219 +70
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Redick 33 25 1 1 1 0 2 3 9/16 3/10 4/4 0 1 27 -19
J. Embiid 34 22 12 2 0 4 0 1 7/18 0/0 8/8 2 10 42 -11
B. Simmons 36 20 8 7 6 0 3 3 9/18 0/0 2/2 1 7 45 -10
R. Covington 33 10 6 5 1 1 3 1 3/13 2/10 2/2 3 3 25 -10
D. Saric 33 10 9 4 1 0 1 4 5/11 0/3 0/0 3 6 27 -13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Redick 33 25 1 1 1 0 2 3 9/16 3/10 4/4 0 1 27 -19
J. Embiid 34 22 12 2 0 4 0 1 7/18 0/0 8/8 2 10 42 -11
B. Simmons 36 20 8 7 6 0 3 3 9/18 0/0 2/2 1 7 45 -10
R. Covington 33 10 6 5 1 1 3 1 3/13 2/10 2/2 3 3 25 -10
D. Saric 33 10 9 4 1 0 1 4 5/11 0/3 0/0 3 6 27 -13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 25 8 2 3 0 0 1 5 4/8 0/1 0/0 1 1 15 +3
J. Bayless 21 6 5 0 0 0 1 4 2/6 2/5 0/0 2 3 10 0
N. Stauskas 7 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 -2 -7
A. Johnson 13 0 4 1 0 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 6 -3
J. Pullen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. McConnell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 101 47 23 9 6 14 23 39/91 7/30 16/16 13 34 195 -70