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T.J. Warren scores 27 points, Suns beat Spurs 116-96

PHOENIX (AP) Nights when star Devin Booker is off his game don't often spell victories for the struggling Phoenix Suns. But Booker was still a factor Wednesday night, and his teammates picked him up.

T.J. Warren scored 16 of his 27 points in the first half and the Suns built a big lead, almost lost it and then pulled away for a 116-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

The Suns ended a four-game losing streak to improve to 3-11.

''Fifty-point swing since we played them the last time,'' Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said, referring to the Spurs' 120-90 win Oct. 31. ''We have to be pleased with just that fact.''

Deandre Ayton added 17 points and 10 rebounds, including a powerful dunk over Davis Bertans early in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Canaan had 19 points and made all five of his 3-pointers,

Booker had 13 points and a career high 12 assists - though he committed seven turnovers - and the Suns shot a season-high 56 percent.

''I just had to keep making plays for other people,'' Booker said. ''A lot of laughter and smiles after the game, and that's the feeling we want around here.''

DeMar DeRozan had 24 points for the Spurs, and Derrick White added 16. They have lost four of five.

''We have been terrible defensively,'' DeRozan said. ''We didn't make nothing too uncomfortable for them. They kept their rhythm and pulled away again. We can't let that happen and it all starts on defense.''

Warren's short jumper with 6:42 to play gave the Suns a 105-85 lead, and Phoenix was able to close it out comfortably.

The Spurs trailed by one early in the third quarter, but the Suns extended their lead. Warren hit a baseline 3 for a 79-66 lead, and Jamal Crawford knocked one down from the other side of the court with 58 seconds to go, giving the Suns an 82-68 lead. Crawford sank a high-arc 3 with 7.9 seconds left, and the Suns went into the final quarter ahead 87-70.

Crawford scored 10 of his 11 points in the third.

San Antonio's high-scoring LaMarcus Aldridge made just 3 of 12 shots for six points against frequent double-team defense, though he added 12 rebounds.

''We're hearing `De-fense!' Love that though. Fans have been waiting for something like that for a while,'' Ayton said.

The Suns went ahead by as many as 19 points before the first quarter ended. Warren had 12 points in the period. Canaan's jumper at the quarter buzzer gave Phoenix a 34-19 lead.

The Spurs rallied in the second quarter but got a scare when DeRozan was fouled hard on a drive and crashed to the floor. He stayed down momentarily but got to his feet, shot free throws and continued to play.

San Antonio cut the Suns' lead to 43-37 on Patty Mills' steal and layup with 4:16 left in the first half.

Bryn Forbes' 3 made it a two-point game before the half, and the Suns' lead was 52-48 at the intermission. Forbes made 3 of 4 3s in the first half and scored 13 points.

TIP-INS

Spurs: F Rudy Gay was rested and did not play. ... C Pau Gasol missed the game with left foot soreness. He's been out four games. ... With DeRozan's 10th made free throw of the game, he passed Crawford for 95th-most in NBA history.

Suns: F Josh Jackson saw extended minutes with Trevor Ariza unavailable, and had an impact with his 14 points and a second-quarter blocked shot his teammates celebrated from the bench. Jackson also threw a lob to Ayton for a dunk just before halftime. ... Rookie De'Anthony Melton played in just his third game of the season.

FIRST START

Suns rookie Mikal Bridges made his first career start Thursday, in at forward for Ariza, who was not with the team due to personal reasons.

''Just bringing in a young guy, young energy, young voice and he is our voice,'' Kokoskov said of Bridges.

QUICK POP ON BOOKER

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked about Booker before the game, and called him a ''wonderful player.''

''He's somebody who has worked so hard and his skills are so evident that his confidence should be there and he should never doubt anything about what he can accomplish,'' Popovich said.

UP NEXT

Spurs: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night in the second game of their second back-to-back set of the season.

Suns: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Lost ball turnover on Chimezie Metu, stolen by Richaun Holmes 0:13
  Dragan Bender missed driving layup 0:18
  Defensive rebound by Richaun Holmes 0:33
  Jakob Poeltl missed dunk 0:33
  Offensive rebound by Jakob Poeltl 0:33
  Derrick White missed driving layup 0:37
  Offensive foul on Richaun Holmes 0:47
  Offensive foul on Richaun Holmes 0:47
  Defensive rebound by Dragan Bender 1:00
  Chimezie Metu missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:02
  Team rebound 1:02
Team Stats
Points 96 116
Field Goals 35-83 (42.2%) 47-84 (56.0%)
3-Pointers 7-23 (30.4%) 15-31 (48.4%)
Free Throws 19-24 (79.2%) 7-8 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 51 40
Offensive 13 5
Defensive 30 33
Team 8 2
Assists 16 27
Steals 7 9
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 18 16
Fouls 12 23
Technicals 1 0
24 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
27 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
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away team logo Spurs 7-6 1929222696
home team logo Suns 3-11 34183529116
Team Stats
away team logo Spurs 7-6 106.8 PPG 47 RPG 21.8 APG
home team logo Suns 3-11 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. DeRozan SG 23.3 PPG 7.0 RPG 4.5 APG 49.3 FG%
T. Warren SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. DeRozan SG 24 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
T. Warren SF 27 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
42.2 FG% 56.0
30.4 3PT FG% 48.4
79.2 FT% 87.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. DeRozan 24 5 4 7/15 0/0 10/10 2 32 0 0 2 0 5 -17 35
D. White 16 4 3 6/12 1/5 3/4 0 29 0 0 5 1 3 -20 21
B. Forbes 13 1 1 4/9 3/5 2/2 1 27 0 0 1 0 1 -8 15
L. Aldridge 6 12 0 3/12 0/1 0/0 1 28 0 0 2 4 8 -11 16
D. Cunningham 5 2 1 2/5 1/2 0/0 1 25 2 1 2 1 1 -18 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. DeRozan 24 5 4 7/15 0/0 10/10 2 32 0 0 2 0 5 -17 35
D. White 16 4 3 6/12 1/5 3/4 0 29 0 0 5 1 3 -20 21
B. Forbes 13 1 1 4/9 3/5 2/2 1 27 0 0 1 0 1 -8 15
L. Aldridge 6 12 0 3/12 0/1 0/0 1 28 0 0 2 4 8 -11 16
D. Cunningham 5 2 1 2/5 1/2 0/0 1 25 2 1 2 1 1 -18 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Belinelli 10 3 1 4/12 2/6 0/0 0 25 1 1 0 0 3 -7 17
P. Mills 8 1 3 4/6 0/2 0/0 3 21 3 0 1 1 0 -1 17
J. Poeltl 7 9 1 2/6 0/0 3/4 1 19 1 2 2 4 5 -9 19
C. Metu 3 2 0 1/2 0/0 1/3 1 6 0 0 1 0 2 0 4
Q. Pondexter 2 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 10 0 0 1 1 0 -8 4
D. Bertans 2 3 1 1/3 0/2 0/1 2 13 0 0 1 1 2 -1 6
R. Gay - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Murray - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Gasol - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Walker IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Eubanks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 96 43 16 35/83 7/23 19/24 12 235 7 4 18 13 30 -100 164
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Warren 27 4 2 10/17 3/8 4/4 4 37 3 0 0 0 4 +24 38
I. Canaan 19 4 1 7/8 5/5 0/0 3 31 1 0 2 0 4 +14 24
D. Ayton 17 10 3 8/11 0/1 1/1 2 29 1 0 1 1 9 +16 33
D. Booker 13 4 12 5/14 2/6 1/1 1 37 2 0 7 1 3 +20 36
M. Bridges 8 2 0 4/6 0/2 0/0 3 25 0 1 0 0 2 +23 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Warren 27 4 2 10/17 3/8 4/4 4 37 3 0 0 0 4 +24 38
I. Canaan 19 4 1 7/8 5/5 0/0 3 31 1 0 2 0 4 +14 24
D. Ayton 17 10 3 8/11 0/1 1/1 2 29 1 0 1 1 9 +16 33
D. Booker 13 4 12 5/14 2/6 1/1 1 37 2 0 7 1 3 +20 36
M. Bridges 8 2 0 4/6 0/2 0/0 3 25 0 1 0 0 2 +23 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Jackson 14 4 3 6/13 2/3 0/0 2 21 0 1 0 1 3 -3 25
J. Crawford 11 1 4 4/5 2/3 1/2 0 16 0 1 3 0 1 +6 18
R. Holmes 4 4 1 2/6 0/0 0/0 5 18 2 0 3 2 2 +4 9
D. Melton 3 3 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 10 0 0 0 0 3 0 8
R. Anderson 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 6 0 1 0 0 1 -4 2
D. Bender 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
T. Daniels - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. King - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Okobo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ariza - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 116 38 27 47/84 15/31 7/8 23 234 9 4 16 5 33 +100 205