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NBA: Surging Suns edge Warriors, tie group file for wins

Chris Paul #3 and Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns stand on the court docket throughout their sport in opposition to the Golden State Warriors within the second half at Chase Heart on March 30, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Photos/AFP

Chris Paul hit the sport’s last two baskets 1:24 aside, together with a clutch runner within the lane with 13.1 seconds remaining, because the Phoenix Suns survived a foul-filled end to equal their single-season franchise file for wins with a 107-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday in San Francisco.

Devin Booker completed with 22 factors, going 10-for-12 on the line, and Mikal Bridges tied for team-high honors with 22, serving to the Suns (62-14) match the franchise victory file set in 1992-93 and tied in 2004-05. Phoenix gained its ninth consecutive sport.

Jordan Poole tied his profession excessive, set final Might in opposition to the New Orleans Pelicans, with a game-high 38 factors for the Warriors (48-29). Golden State took its fourth straight loss and dropped right into a tie for third place within the Western Convention with the Dallas Mavericks.

Paul’s difference-making hoop got here after Golden State’s Draymond Inexperienced was referred to as for touring together with his group down 102-101 with 31.2 seconds remaining.

Down three within the last seconds, the Warriors had two subsequent possessions, however the Suns elected to deliberately foul Inexperienced on the primary one, leading to two free throws as Phoenix retained a 104-103 lead with 12.4 seconds left.

After Paul hit two foul photographs to revive the three-point edge with 7.7 seconds to go, Poole misfired on a half-court shot that might have pressured time beyond regulation.

Paul broke a 96-all tie with an 8-foot floater with 1:37 remaining, after which 14 of the sport’s last 16 factors had been scored on the foul line, the place Phoenix ended up 24-for-30 and Golden State 20-for-25.

Booker’s 22 factors got here regardless of 5-for-21 capturing. The Suns overcame 25 p.c capturing on 3-point makes an attempt (7-for-28).

Deandre Ayton chipped in with a 16-point, 16-rebound double-double for Phoenix, Paul completed with 15 factors and a game-high eight assists and Jae Crowder added 10 factors to the trigger.

Andrew Wiggins backed Poole with 19 factors for the Warriors, who performed as soon as once more with out star Stephen Curry (foot).

Klay Thompson added 13 factors on a 5-for-21 capturing evening, whereas Gary Payton II went for 10 factors and Inexperienced amassed 10 rebounds, seven assists and eight factors.

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