Devin Booker's return energizes Suns in third straight win

ny — a look of aid and happiness was etched throughout Devin Booker‘s face contained in the Phoenix Suns‘ locker room after a 116-112 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.

After lacking a month and a half whereas rehabbing a groin damage suffered all by means of a Christmas night loss to the Denver Nuggets, Booker returned to discover 19 factors in 26 minutes as a outcome of the Suns gained their third recreation in a row.

“that is all i would like proper there, man,” Booker mentioned. “simply opponents, being again on the market with the band, feeling that vitality, feeling that presence. The staff has it rolling proper now, so simply inserting myself in a method that wasn’t disruptive and take a look at and maintain the move that they’ve.”

Booker’s return gave the Suns an emotional carry and continued to assemble confidence for a bunch that has dealt with accidents to key gamers all by means of the season.

“Devin’s perspective is usually he simply desires to eat,” Suns coach Monty Williams mentioned. “Kill and eat. that is how he operates. And he is a winner. And he desires to do every little thing he can to win the sport. i assumed the blokes obtained a substantial quantity of vitality from him tonight simply being on the floor. everyone’s excited that he is again.”

Booker’s return virtually took a backseat to Nets second-12 months guard Cam Thomas‘ ongoing scoring roll. Thomas, 21, grew to become the youngest participant in NBA historic previous to discover forty factors in three straight video games after scoring forty three factors in Tuesday’s loss.

“it is exact surreal,” Thomas mentioned. “i am simply glad to have my identify inside the historic previous books, being this youthful. clearly i might barely have the win as a outcome of it sounds elevated everytime you could have these forty-level video games with the two [games] that we misplaced.

“nonetheless it is simply good to have my identify in historic previous, i am simply going to embrace it … simply be completely satisfied with all of the laborious work you set in.”

Thomas wasn’t the one participant placing up profession numbers on Tuesday. Suns massive man Deandre Ayton tied a profession extreme with 35 factors and chipped in 15 rebounds. Like many inside the Suns’ locker room, Ayton was pumped as a lot as see Booker again on the floor, however additionally was motivated by some outdoors noise about his personal recreation.

“I see what the people say about me,” Ayton mentioned. “I had a nasty start to the season. If it wasn’t ankle accidents it was one other sickness or some bullcrap that obtained in my method.

“and that is extra like an adversity sort of season for me and reveals what sort of participant i actually am and me simply sticking with it and simply blocking out all of the noise and the haters and all that stuff. simply getting again to the issues I do biggest, and that is simply being dominant.”

With Booker again inside the fold, the Suns are assured they will maintain the wins coming as they head into the All-Star break and past.

“We’re completely satisfied, we ain’t complaining,” Suns guard Chris Paul mentioned of getting Booker again. “We did not have a season the place — we have gotten a starter from final 12 months who’s not even with the staff [in Jae Crowder]. I even have been out, Devin’s been out, Cam Payne is out, Cam Johnson had surgical procedure and obtained here again. So we want anyone we will get on the courtroom, particularly Devin.”

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