Devin Booker scored 31 points, Paul added 23 and 16 assists and Phoenix scored the first 15 points of OT to outlast the under-manned Cleveland Cavaliers 134-118 for their fifth straight win, keeping the Phoenix Suns even with Utah atop the Western Conference standings.
Mikal Bridges made two 3-pointers, dunked, had a block and assist in the opening minutes of overtime and Phoenix outscored Cleveland 20-4 in the extra five minutes.
Devin Booker’s 31 points lead Phoenix Suns to #1 seed in NBA
Phoenix Suns let a late lead in regulation slip away to Cleveland, which was missing six players, including starting point guard Darius Garland, with injuries but battled one of the NBA’s best teams for 50 minutes before wilting.
“We ran out of gas,” said Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who only had a seven-man rotation. “Our guys gave us what they had. Phoenix Suns made us pay for some mistakes early in OT.”
Cavaliers’ rookie Isaac Okoro scored a season-high 32 points and Collin Sexton 29 for Cleveland, which dropped its seventh straight.
Devin Booker opened OT with a bucket and Bridges took it from there. His first 3 made it 119-114, his dunk put the Suns up seven and then shortly after swatting away Cedi Osman’s drive, Bridges hit his second 3 to make it 129-114.