Phoenix has won nine of its past 10 games and put this one away late in the third quarter. Booker made a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining and then — following a quick Portland turnover — Cam Johnson hit another 3 at the buzzer to give the Suns a 100-71 lead.
The 32-point win was the Suns’ largest margin of victory this season.
Portland has lost two straight following a six-game winning streak. The Suns improved to 20-10 on the season while the Trail Blazers fell to 18-12.
Booker poured in points all night, scoring 17 as the Suns pushed ahead 32-26 in the first quarter. The sixth-year guard was up to 22 points by halftime, including an off-balance 17-footer at the buzzer that gave Phoenix a 63-54 advantage.
He finished 12 of 17 from the field and hit both his 3-point attempts. He was also 8 for 8 at the free throw line.
COOLING OFF, A LITTLE
Phoenix entered on an incredible shooting roll from long range, breaking the franchise record with 24 3-pointers in a win Saturday against Memphis. That came one night after tying the franchise record with 22 3s against the Grizzlies. It was the fourth time in NBA history that a team made at least 22 3s in back-to-back games.
The Suns were very good again on Monday from long range, but not quite as prolific. They shot 16 of 33 on 3-pointers (48.5%).
Trail Blazers: Portland got good minutes from its bench in the first half. Rodney Hood had nine points and Carmelo Anthony added eight. … Anthony got a technical foul in the third quarter for elbowing Suns forward Jae Crowder in the face.
Suns: Booker scored the team’s first six points and made six of his first seven shots. … The Suns’ bench scored 64 points. Dario Saric had 14 and Johnson added 13.
Trail Blazers: Travel to face Denver on Tuesday.
Suns: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.
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