D-Book drops the hammer on Chicago
Devin Booker was a man on a mission on Wednesday night as the Suns won their fourth straight. The guard dropped a season high 45 points in the five point win. Final Score: Suns 121-116 Bulls
The Bulls are 0-3 since making the blockbuster trade to bring Vucevic to Chicago at the deadline although they were without all-star guard Zach LaVine on Wednesday.
Chicago made a fast start to the game building up a seven point lead midway through the first quarter, this was quickley erased however as the Suns went into the second with a two point lead.
The Suns threatened to run away with it in the second with Devin Booker appearing to get whatever he wanted on the offensive end but the Bulls stayed in touch thanks to a big advantage on the boards. However they had nobody to matchup with Booker & Paul without LaVine, White & Temple. Half time: Suns 67-58 Bulls
The Suns stayed hot in the second half as they stretched their lead to 16 early in the third but again the Bulls were resilient despite Devin Booker dropping 14 points in the quarter.
The Bulls managed to reduce the deficit back to single digits with some sharp defensive plays and they seemed primed to make a push in the final quarter.
Chicago closed the Suns lead to three points on a few occasions in the fourth quarter but never took a shot to level the game. Chris Paul once again showed his value to Phoenix as he helped seal the win with four free throws with just seconds to go.
Chicago did well to still be fighting right up to the final buzzer having shot 43% from the field and just 33% from three while the Suns were an efficient 57% from the field. But as is so often the case in Suns games, Booker was the difference, finishing with 45 pts 4 reb & 4 assists, shooting 17 of 24 from the field.
The Suns are now 7-3 across their last 10 games, including wins over LA, Miami & Charlotte while the Bulls sit 10th in the East and have now lost five straight.