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NBA roundup: Payne, Booker lifts Suns previous Knicks

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Knicks guard Jalen Brunson drives previous Suns middle Bismack Biyombo, middle, and ahead Mikal Bridges, left, throughout their recreation Sunday in Phoenix. Ross D. Franklin/Related Press

PHOENIX — Cameron Payne scored 21 factors, Devin Booker added 20 and the Phoenix Suns used a dominating second half to beat the New York Knicks 116-95.

Deandre Ayton had 13 factors and 11 rebounds and all the Suns’ starters scored in double figures. Torrey Craig scored 14 factors and Mikal Bridges 13. Reserve Damion Lee scored 15 and shot 4 of 6 from 3-point vary.

The Suns, taking part in with out Chris Paul (proper heel harm) for the sixth straight recreation, acquired 3-pointers from eight completely different gamers.

Jalen Brunson scored 27 factors on 11-of-21 taking pictures to steer the Knicks. RJ Barrett completed with 12 factors and Quentin Grimes scored 10.

Phoenix outrebounded New York 59-39 total.

The Knicks shot 46% within the first half and simply 34% within the second half. The Suns had 17 3-pointers; the Knicks had seven.

New York, taking part in the fourth of a five-game West swing, stayed within the recreation within the first half behind Brunson, who scored 11 of his factors within the second quarter. The Knicks erased an 11-point Phoenix lead late in that interval however Bridges’ runner rolled round and in to present the Suns a 55-53 lead on the break.

The Suns outscored the Knicks 35-22 within the third interval. They prolonged their result in 90-73 on 3s from Booker and Duane Washington Jr. and led by as many as 26 factors within the fourth quarter.

WIZARDS 106, HORNETS 102: Kyle Kuzma had 28 factors, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, serving to Washington win at residence.

Bradley Beal scored 26 factors, however wasn’t on the ground for the ultimate 9.8 seconds regardless of Washington being up simply two factors. He walked with a slight limp to the locker room earlier than the sport ended.

All 5 Washington starters scored in double figures. The Wizards have gained six of seven.

Kelly Oubre Jr. led Charlotte with 23 factors. Gordon Hayward added 18 factors. The Hornets have misplaced 11 of 12.

KINGS 137, PISTONS 129: De’Aaron Fox had 33 factors and 7 assists and Sacramento prolonged its successful streak to 6 video games with a win over Detroit in Sacramento, California.

Fox scored 10 factors within the fourth quarter, together with a pair of free throws with 22.6 seconds remaining that prolonged Sacramento’s result in six factors. The Kings have gained eight of their final 10 video games after beginning the season 0-4.

Harrison Barnes had a season-high 27 factors with 9 rebounds. He hit two free throws with 14.6 seconds left to assist safe the victory.

Kevin Huerter hit 4 3-pointers and completed with 24 factors as all the Kings’ starters scored in double figures. Domantas Sabonis had 15 factors and 13 rebounds.

NETS 127, GRIZZLIES 115: Kyrie Irving returned from his suspension with 14 factors, Ben Simmons tuned up for his journey again to Philadelphia with a season-high 22 and Brooklyn beat short-handed Memphis in New York.

Kevin Durant scored 26 factors, giving him at the least 25 in all 17 video games this season. That is the longest streak to start out a season since Rick Barry did it in 25 straight in 1966-67.

But it surely was the shock scoring of others who sparked the Nets on this one. Simmons had his first 20-point recreation since for taking part in for the 76ers within the 2021 playoffs, and Yuta Watanabe had 16.

Dillon Brooks scored 31 factors for the Grizzlies, who have been with out All-Star Ja Morant, Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. However they trailed by solely three after three quarters earlier than Brooklyn opened the fourth with an 18-5 spurt, that includes 4 3- pointers from Watanabe, to interrupt it open at 114-98.

The Nets introduced Irving can be out there to play Sunday morning, after he apologized to anybody who felt threatened or damage when he posted a hyperlink to a documentary with antisemitic materials on his Twitter web page. They suspended him days later after he had refused to apologize or make clear his beliefs about him, and he missed eight video games.

Irving acquired a superb ovation after resuming his spot because the final participant introduced throughout beginning lineups, then made a 3-pointer on his first shot try. He missed his different 4 pictures in 13 first half minutes.

WARRIORS 127, ROCKETS 120: Klay Thompson scored a season-high 41 factors and Steph Curry added 33 as Golden State beat Houston for its first street win of the season.

The Warriors snapped an 0-8 begin away from residence to enhance to 8-9 on the season. Golden State has gained 5 of its final seven video games following a 3-7 begin.

Thompson had a classic efficiency, hitting a scorching 10 of 13 3-pointers and went 14 of 23 from the sphere.

Curry struggled early however completed 11 of 20 from the sphere, together with 7 of 14 from 3. He additionally had a season-high 15 assists, only one shy of his profession excessive.

CAVALIERS 113, HEAT 87: Darius Garland scored 25 factors, Cedi Osman added 20 and Cleveland performed one in all its video games in weeks, rolling to a win over banged-up Miami in Cleveland.

After ending a five-game shedding streak with a double-overtime win Friday, the Cavs did not need to work almost as onerous whereas handing Miami its sixth straight street loss.

Cleveland used a 21-2 tear within the second quarter to open a 19-point lead, and the Cavs pushed their benefit to 31 within the third. Responsible of blowing leads within the fourth quarter so many occasions this season, they completed the job with ease.

And the Cavs did it whereas getting simply 13 factors from main scorer Donovan Mitchell, who got here in averaging 31.2.

NUGGETS 98, MAVERICKS 97: Vlatko Cancar hit a buzzer-beater from close to midcourt when the ultimate 2 seconds of the primary half have been replayed after the break, and outmanned Denver went on to win in Dallas.

The Nuggets went to the locker room pondering they have been down seven on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Dallas star Luka Doncic after getting blown out two nights earlier with out two-time MVP Nikola Jokic and fellow starters Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon.

As a substitute, Doncic’s Slovenian countryman introduced the Nuggets inside some extent, and the six-point swing paid off when Michael Porter Jr. hit the deciding 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining within the recreation.

A video evaluation confirmed Doncic stepped out bounds earlier than the second-quarter shot, and for the reason that groups have been already off the courtroom, the sport needed to be picked up from that time after the break.

Denver coach Michael Malone put Cancar within the recreation, and he hit the operating heave from close to the precise sideline after catching the inbound go. Denver trailed 56-55 at halftime as a substitute of 59-52.

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