The Washington Post

Phoenix tops Cleveland for 14th consecutiv­e win



With the Phoenix Suns’ long winning streak in serious danger, Devin Booker and Chris Paul knew exactly what had to be done. Phoenix’s season is still rising. Booker scored 35 points, Paul had 12 assists and made four free throws in the final 8.8 seconds, and the visiting Suns extended their winning streak to 14 games by holding off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 120-115, on Wednesday night.

Phoenix’s streak started with a win at home over Cleveland on Oct. 30, which came after a 1-3 opening to the season for the defending Western Conference champions. The surge has also correspond­ed with allegation­s of racism and misogyny surfacing against Suns owner Robert Sarver.

“That’s just coincidenc­e,” Paul said of the timing. “Our plan wasn’t to start out 1-3. We’ve got a great group, a great locker room. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

For nearly a month, the Suns have won in a variety of ways, and Wednesday they improved the NBA’S best road record to 7-1.

LAKERS 124, PACERS 116 (OT): In Indianapol­is, Lebron James made the tiebreakin­g three-pointer in overtime and followed with a backbreaki­ng three in his return from the first suspension of his career to help Los Angeles upend Indiana.

James finished with 37 points on 13-for-29 shooting and had six assists and five rebounds, with the Lakers playing without Anthony Davis because of flu-like symptoms.

Malcolm Brogdon led Indiana with 28 points.

NETS 123, CELTICS 104: Kevin Durant scored 21 points to pass Allen Iverson and move into the top 25 on the NBA’S career scoring list as Brooklyn handled host Boston.

Patty Mills added 23 points and James Harden had 20 points and 11 assists for Brooklyn, which has won four in a row, seven of eight and 12 of its past 14 games.

Marcus Smart had 20 points and eight assists for Boston, which had won three in a row.


Giannis Antetokoun­mpo scored 33 points, Bobby Portis added 28, and host Milwaukee continued its dominance Detroit.

The win was Milwaukee’s fifth in a row overall and its 12th straight over Detroit, dating from 2018. That is tied for the third-longest current winning streak by one NBA team over another.

Jrue Holiday had 22 points for the Bucks, who jumped out to a 14-0 lead and never trailed.

ROCKETS 118, BULLS 113: Danuel House Jr. had 18 points, Christian Wood added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and host Houston beat Chicago to end its 15-game losing streak.

Kevin Porter Jr. had 14 points, six rebounds and nine assists after missing three games because of a bruised left thigh.

Zach Lavine led Chicago with 28 points. JAZZ 110, THUNDER 104:

Donovan Mitchell scored six straight points in the final minute to vault Utah to a victory in Oklahoma City.

Mitchell had a rough shooting night before the final surge, hitting just four of his first 14 shots. He finished with 13 points.

Lu Dort led the Thunder with 27 points.


In Orlando, Terry Rozier scored 27 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. came off the bench with 21 points and six rebounds to help Charlotte overcome a poor shooting performanc­e in a win over the Magic.

Mo Bamba had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando.

TIMBERWOLV­ES 113, HEAT 101: Anthony Edwards had 33 points and 14 rebounds and led Minnesota’s three-point barrage in the second half as the Timberwolv­es topped Miami in Minneapoli­s for their fifth straight victory.

RAPTORS 126, GRIZZLIES 113: In Memphis, Gary Trent Jr. scored 17 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to propel Toronto.

Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 23 points and nine assists.

HAWKS 124, SPURS 106:

Trae Young scored 31 points to power Atlanta past host San Antonio for its sixth consecutiv­e win.

San Antonio (4-13) lost its sixth straight and is on pace for its worst season since a franchise-worst 20-62 in 1997.

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