Devin Booker continued his prolific start to the season as the Phoenix Suns flexed their offensive muscle with a 134-105 win over Western Conference rivals Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
Booker, who turns 26 on Sunday, became the first player in franchise history to win three 30-point games in the first four of a season, finishing with 34 of 10 of 19 shooting from the field with seven assists decisive and three interceptions.
Deandre Ayton added 16 points with 14 rebounds, including 11 in the first half, while Chris Paul had 16 points with seven rebounds and nine assists.
The Suns, who went 3-1, shot 41 percent from the field, making 12 of 29 three-pointers, Paul draining four of five from beyond the arc. Phoenix outscored the Warriors 62-39 in the second half.
The defending champions, who improved to 2-2, continued their worrying defensive start to the season, having conceded 109 or more points in their four games this season, averaging 124 points against per game.
Stephen Curry had 21 points to end his 30-point streak to start the season, shooting seven of 17 from the field and four triples.
Jordan Poole was productive off the bench with 17 points, including 14 in the first half. Klay Thompson was ordinary with two points again, shooting none of five from three.
Pels triumphs over Doncic’s Mavs despite key withdrawals
The New Orleans Pelicans overcame the absence of Zion Williamson (hip) and Brandon Ingram (concussion) along with a masterclass from Luka Doncic to win 113-111 over the Dallas Mavericks.
Doncic scored 37 points on 16-of-30 shooting, along with 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Mavs, but the underhanded Pels prevailed, led by Trey Murphy with a team-high 22 points on 100 percent shooting.
CJ McCollum struggled to find his lineup, shooting six of 20 for 14 points, but eight Pels players hit double digits as they improved to 3-1 to start the season.
Doncic became the first Mav to open a season with three straight 30-point games. The Slovenian is also only the second player in NBA history with 100+ points, 25+ rebounds and 20+ assists in the first three games of a season.
SGA’s OKC loses shorthanded Clippers
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander produced a dominating all-around display with 33 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder outshot the shorthanded Los Angeles Clippers 108-94.
The Clippers were without former NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard with knee pain as well as ailing seven-time All-Star Paul George, the loss seeing them slip to 1-3.
Gilgeous-Alexander went 50% from the field, going two for two from beyond the arc, with five rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and three steals in a masterful display, while Tre Mann scored 16 of 25 points in the first half.