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Devin Booker’s massive 3rd quarter leads Suns to 7th straight win

Jan 24, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) laughs while being guarded by Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the third quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe playing with a little bit of vengeance on their minds from the Christmas Day blowout loss, the Phoenix Suns increased their winning streak to seven games with a 132-109 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

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After initially trailing by as much as 16, the Suns began to turn things around near the midpoint of the 2nd quarter. By halftime, the 16-point deficit had turned into just 1, promising an interesting second half.

But the Suns had other plans. Rolling with the momentum that they captured in the 2nd quarter, the Suns outscored the Mavericks 43-20 in the 3rd. At one point, spanning across the two quarters, Phoenix went on a 38-9 run.

Leading this rally was Devin Booker, who was almost perfect in the 3rd quarter. Missing just two shots in 11 attempts, Booker erupted for 22 points in the 3rd.

Booker ended the night close to a season high with 46 points on 6/10 shooting from beyond the arc.

Behind Booker were Bradley Beal with 20 and Grayson Allen with 15.

Of course, a meeting between the Suns and the Mavericks involved plenty of drama. As early as the 1st quarter, tempers flared, resulting in Kevin Durant, Grant Williams, and Jusuf Nurkic receiving technical fouls.

Then, in the 3rd quarter, Williams was ejected for arguing with an official.

The Phoenix Suns have now tied their longest winning streak of the season and appear to be unstoppable, with their big three fully healthy.

While the Mavericks were without Kyrie Irving, it may not have made much of a difference considering Phoenix won the rebound battle 49-33.

Next up for the Suns is a meeting with the Indiana Pacers on Friday; tipoff is scheduled for 5 PM.

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