Booker and Paul help Suns rise above Jazz in overtime

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 9 Apr 2021

Devin Booker scored 35 points as the Phoenix Suns edged the Utah Jazz 117-113 in overtime in a showdown between the two best teams in the NBA.

The Suns not only won their seventh straight game, but the nail-biting victory gives them a psychological edge over the league-leading Jazz as the pandemic-shortened, 72-game season nears the final stretch.

"It came down to perseverance," said Booker of the match that lived up to its pre-game billing. "We had the right approach. It wasn't a pretty win but anytime you can beat a team like that it is good."

Chris Paul had 29 points and nine assists and Deandre Ayton finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Phoenix, who are unbeaten in two meetings with the Jazz.

Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 41 points for Utah.

Elsewhere, Kevin Durant scored 17 points on five-for-five shooting on his return from injury as the Brooklyn Nets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 139-111.

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