The Phoenix Suns bolster their playoff standing with a commanding 122-101 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Devin Booker scored 40 points, while Kevin Durant added 32 in the Phoenix Suns’ 122-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. With this win, the Suns have secured six victories in their last eight games, propelling themselves to the sixth position in the Western Conference playoff race. This position would exempt them from the play-in tournament.

Booker, who had previously scored 52 points in a game against New Orleans, showcased his scoring prowess once again by shooting 13 of 25 from the field, including 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. Durant contributed with 13 of 23 shooting and seven assists. This game marked only the second time this season that both Booker and Durant scored at least 30 points.

Off the bench, Bol Bol provided a significant boost with 15 points, sinking 3 of 4 shots from long range. Despite Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell returning to the lineup after resting a sore left knee, finishing with 24 points, it was not enough to halt the Suns’ momentum. Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley also had strong performances with 20 points each.

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The Suns dominated the first half, leading 72-47 at halftime, fueled by their efficient 3-point shooting, making 12 of 18 attempts. Booker led all scorers with 19 points by halftime, while Durant added 17.

Although Cleveland managed to trim the deficit to 77-66 in the third quarter, the Suns regained control to secure a 98-77 lead entering the final quarter.

While currently in a favorable playoff position, the Suns are aware of the competition space in the Western Conference. Teams like the Mavericks, Pelicans, Kings, and Lakers are all closely trailing, separated by just two games.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are striving to maintain their position as the third seed in the Eastern Conference, but face pressure from the Magic and Knicks. The Suns played without starting guard Grayson Allen, who was sidelined due to left hip soreness.


By Ritik

Ritik Katiyar is pursuing a post-graduate degree in Pharmaceutics. Currently, he lives in Srinagar, Uttarakhand, India. You can find him writing about all sorts of listicle topics. A pharmaceutical postgrad by day, and a content writer by night. You can write to him at [email protected]

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