Michigan homecoming for Booker, McGee in NBA-best Suns’ rout
DETROIT (AP) — Devin Booker scored 30 points and JaVale McGee added 20 in their Michigan homecomings to help the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns rout the Detroit Pistons 135-108 on Sunday.
Booker, from Grand Rapids, made 11 of his first 14 shots from the field. He said he had 40-50 friends and family at the game after having numerous guests when the Suns played in Indiana on Friday night.
McGee, from Flint, also had a large contingent of family and friends at the game. He was 9 for 10, taking over after Suns starting center DeAndre Ayton left in the first quarter because of a sprained ankle.
Cameron Payne also had 20 points for Phoenix, shooting 8 of 12. The Suns have won the first three games on their four-game trip and six of seven to improve to 33-9. The are an NBA-best 16-4 on the road.
Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham had 21 points before being ejected in the third quarter. Cory Joseph also had 21 points for Detroit. The Pistons are 5-4 in 2022 after finishing 2021 with 18 losses in 19 games.
TIMBERWOLVES 119 , WARRIORS 99
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Minnesota past worn-out Golden State Warriors, which played without star Steph Curry.
Jaylen Nowell scored 17 points and Malik Beasley added in 16 on five second-half 3-pointers on an especially productive night for the reserves. The Timberwolves outscored a Warriors team wrapping up a four-game trip 40-19 in the last 16 minutes.
Jordan Poole scored 20 points and Jonathan Kuminga had 19 points for the Warriors. They played again without Draymond Green and lost for the fifth time in seven games.
JAZZ 125, NUGGETS 102
DENVER (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 19 rebounds in his return to Utah’s lineup, Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points and the Jazz beat Denver.
Gobert missed the previous five games after testing positive for COVID-19. Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 21 points to help the Jazz end a four-game skid.
Nikola Jokic had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists for Denver for his second triple-double in two days. He tied the Los Angeles Lakers’ Russell Westbrook for the most in the NBA this season with nine, and has 66 in his career.
ROCKETS 118, KINGS 112
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —Christian Wood had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Eric Gordon made a clutch bucket with 12.5 seconds left and Houston beat Sacramento to split a two-game set.
Kevin Porter Jr. added 23 points and seven assists to help the Rockets rebound from a 126-114 loss Friday night in Sacramento.
Buddy Hield scored 27 points for Sacramento.