A great first quarter by the Phoenix Suns and specifically by their star player, shooting guard Devin Booker was enough to withstand a final onslaught by the Utah Jazz and get their eighth consecutive victory on Wednesday night, the Arizona team won by a score of 105-97.
Devin Booker set a franchise record with the 16th 40-point game of his career to help the Phoenix Suns beat the Utah Jazz 105-97 for the eighth consecutive time on Wednesday night.
Booker scored 43 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, a personal career-high for boards to consummate a double-double for the Western Conference leaders to extend their winning streak to eight games.
Booker scored 21 points in a wonderful first quarter where the Suns were outscored 39-18. However, in the second half, Utah cut 19 of the 21-point deficit.
Utah suffered two key absences in the game due to different injuries, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert did not see action in the game, so the leading scorer was Jordan Clarkson with 26 units.
In addition, two Jazz players had double-doubles, the aforementioned Whiteside with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Mike Conley with 16 points and 10 assists.
This was the second consecutive game between these two teams that met last Monday and the Suns prevailed 115-109.
Booker said, “It’s a good feeling now, but it came with a learning curve.”