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Booker held to 25, but Suns send Cavs to sixth straight loss

PHOENIX (AP) Devin Booker said he heard from the Cleveland Cavaliers bench that he wasn't going to score 50 points.

That was fine with Booker, because he knew it meant his teammates would be open.

Booker finished with 25, after two 50-point games and a 48-point night over the past three, and that was enough to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 122-113 victory over the Cavaliers on Monday night.

Booker sat more than eight minutes of the second quarter but had 13 assists. Josh Jackson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford added 19 points for the Suns.

''Just taking what the defense gives me,'' Booker said. ''I read and react when I'm out there on the court. My job tonight was to get everybody involved and make sure everybody got open shots and they were knocking them down.''

The Suns ended a six-game losing streak while the Cavaliers lost their sixth straight. The teams have the NBA's second- and third-worst records: Phoenix at 18-60 and Cleveland at 19-59.

Collin Sexton scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson added 20 for the Cavs. They played without star forward Kevin Love, who missed his second straight game with left shoulder soreness.

Crawford scored eight points in a surge early in the fourth quarter to give the Suns a 101-86 lead, and Jackson's baseline drive and dunk followed by his blocked shot that set up a fast-break layup at the other end gave the Suns a 17-point lead.

Cleveland cut the lead to six but got no closer. The Suns scored 28 fast-break points to the Cavaliers' three.

Mikal Bridges converted a pair of four-point plays in the first quarter. He hit a 3 and was fouled with 5:57 left, then repeated the feat just before the quarter buzzer to give the Suns a 31-23 lead.

Jackson hit back-to-back 3s for a 48-31 lead at the 7:06 mark of the second quarter. The Suns scored 40 points in the second quarter and took a 71-52 lead into halftime, making 60% of their shots.

The Cavaliers battled back from a 22-point deficit early in the third quarter to cut the Suns' lead to 89-82, and trailed 91-84 going into the fourth. Sexton scored nine points in the third.

''We got down pretty big and it's hard to come back in the NBA because teams are too good, players are too good and coaches are really smart,'' Sexton said. ''When we got down it was tough for us to rev it back up.''

Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said the Suns battled fatigue on defense, playing without center Deandre Ayton due to a sprained left ankle and missing several other regulars with longer-term injuries.

''I wasn't sure if we had enough bodies to close the game,'' Kokoskov said. ''But I'm glad we found a way.''

FOUR-POINT KING

Crawford, with a four-point play of his own in the second quarter, became the NBA's career leader in that category with 54, which doesn't include five in the playoffs.

''People don't understand, the hardest part for me is the free throw after,'' Crawford said.

TIP-INS

CAVALIERS: F Channing Frye played his final NBA game in his hometown. Frye plans to retire at the end of this season. He played four seasons with the Suns as part of his 13-year NBA career. ... Coach Larry Drew said he doesn't see F-C John Henson returning to action before the season is over. Henson is doing non-contact work, but hasn't played since mid-November after left wrist surgery. ... Sexton was issued a technical foul early in the third quarter.

SUNS: Bridges became the first Suns rookie and 11th in NBA history to reach 100 steals and 100 3-pointers in a season. He came into the game with 123 steals, and knocked down a pair of first-quarter 3s to reach 100. ... The 71 first-half points were a season high for the Suns. They scored 69 in the first 24 minutes at Chicago last November. ... Jackson blocked five shots, a career high.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: At Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.

Suns: Host Utah Jazz Wednesday night.

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Key Players
J. Clarkson
8 PG
D. Booker
1 SG
35.5 Min. Per Game 35.5
26.9 Pts. Per Game 26.9
6.8 Ast. Per Game 6.8
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
44.9 Field Goal % 46.6
44.8 Three Point % 46.5
84.7 Free Throw % 86.5
  Bad pass turnover on Nik Stauskas 0:22
+ 2 Collin Sexton made dunk 0:28
  Offensive rebound by Collin Sexton 0:28
  Jordan Clarkson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:31
+ 3 Devin Booker made 3-pt. jump shot 0:36
  Defensive rebound by Richaun Holmes 0:56
  Shooting foul on Josh Jackson 1:25
+ 2 Larry Nance Jr. made layup, assist by Ante Zizic 1:25
+ 3 Nik Stauskas made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Clarkson 1:54
  Offensive rebound by Jordan Clarkson 1:56
  Ante Zizic missed dunk 1:57
Team Stats
Points 113 122
Field Goals 45-99 (45.5%) 46-84 (54.8%)
3-Pointers 8-22 (36.4%) 13-37 (35.1%)
Free Throws 15-22 (68.2%) 17-20 (85.0%)
Total Rebounds 56 46
Offensive 18 5
Defensive 30 35
Team 8 6
Assists 17 28
Steals 5 1
Blocks 3 12
Turnovers 9 13
Fouls 24 22
Technicals 1 0
20 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
25 PTS, 3 REB, 13 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 19-59 23293229113
home team logo Suns 18-60 31402031122
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 19-59 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Suns 18-60 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
C. Sexton PG PPG RPG APG FG%
D. Booker SG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
C. Sexton PG 21 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
D. Booker SG 25 PTS 3 REB 13 AST
45.5 FG% 54.8
36.4 3PT FG% 35.1
68.2 FT% 85.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 21 4 3 9/23 1/4 2/2 3 38 0 0 2 3 1 +6 29
T. Thompson 15 5 0 6/8 0/0 3/6 0 21 0 0 0 4 1 -11 20
B. Knight 10 2 0 4/8 2/4 0/0 5 25 1 0 2 0 2 -31 11
L. Nance Jr. 9 12 4 4/7 0/1 1/1 2 30 2 0 3 1 11 +3 28
C. Osman 3 0 3 1/12 0/6 1/1 6 32 1 0 0 0 0 +2 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 21 4 3 9/23 1/4 2/2 3 38 0 0 2 3 1 +6 29
T. Thompson 15 5 0 6/8 0/0 3/6 0 21 0 0 0 4 1 -11 20
B. Knight 10 2 0 4/8 2/4 0/0 5 25 1 0 2 0 2 -31 11
L. Nance Jr. 9 12 4 4/7 0/1 1/1 2 30 2 0 3 1 11 +3 28
C. Osman 3 0 3 1/12 0/6 1/1 6 32 1 0 0 0 0 +2 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Clarkson 20 6 3 8/16 1/3 3/3 0 32 1 0 0 2 4 +4 33
A. Zizic 15 7 2 5/6 0/0 5/9 3 13 0 1 0 5 2 +11 27
N. Stauskas 9 1 1 3/8 3/3 0/0 0 17 0 1 1 0 1 -9 12
M. Chriss 6 7 0 3/5 0/0 0/0 4 9 0 0 1 3 4 -2 12
C. Frye 3 0 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 -7 3
D. Nwaba 2 4 1 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 15 0 1 0 0 4 -11 9
K. Love - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Adel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Blossomgame - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 113 48 17 45/99 8/22 15/22 24 235 5 3 9 18 30 -45 194
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 25 3 13 8/18 2/9 7/7 3 35 0 0 6 0 3 -6 48
M. Bridges 15 2 2 5/9 3/6 2/2 2 40 0 3 1 0 2 +20 23
R. Holmes 13 10 0 6/7 0/0 1/3 5 24 0 2 1 0 10 +15 24
D. Bender 12 10 2 6/11 0/4 0/0 4 27 0 2 0 2 8 -2 28
E. Okobo 6 1 0 2/3 2/3 0/0 1 13 0 0 3 0 1 -3 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 25 3 13 8/18 2/9 7/7 3 35 0 0 6 0 3 -6 48
M. Bridges 15 2 2 5/9 3/6 2/2 2 40 0 3 1 0 2 +20 23
R. Holmes 13 10 0 6/7 0/0 1/3 5 24 0 2 1 0 10 +15 24
D. Bender 12 10 2 6/11 0/4 0/0 4 27 0 2 0 2 8 -2 28
E. Okobo 6 1 0 2/3 2/3 0/0 1 13 0 0 3 0 1 -3 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Crawford 19 0 5 7/10 3/6 2/2 2 30 0 0 2 0 0 +12 27
J. Jackson 19 10 4 7/11 2/3 3/4 4 34 1 5 0 1 9 +7 43
J. Fredette 6 0 1 2/3 0/0 2/2 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 +9 8
T. Daniels 5 2 1 2/9 1/6 0/0 1 24 0 0 0 0 2 -1 9
R. Spalding 2 2 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 -6 4
G. King - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Warren - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Oubre Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Melton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Ayton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 122 40 28 46/84 13/37 17/20 22 236 1 12 13 5 35 +45 218