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NBA Roundup: Booker’s 50 Not Enough For Suns

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Oklahoma City Thunder
Mar 27, 2019; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes to the basket ahead of Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City won 107-99. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
March 28, 2019
Thomas Bryant’s three-point play with 2.8 seconds remaining lifted the visiting Washington Wizards to a 124-121 win over Phoenix on Wednesday, spoiling a 50-point night from the Suns’ Devin Booker.
With time expiring in a tie game, Bradley Beal drove baseline and lofted an alley-oop pass to Bryant, who laid it in and added a free throw.
After a timeout, Phoenix inbounded, and Troy Daniels’ corner 3-point attempt went off the rim at the buzzer as the Suns dropped their fifth consecutive game.
Booker, who scored 59 points at Utah on Monday, became the first player in Suns history to score 50 or more points in consecutive games. The 22-year-old is the youngest in NBA history to accomplish the feat.
Jabari Parker had 28 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Washington, which had lost five straight, and Beal scored 28 points. Reserve Jordan McRae contributed 21 points, and Bryant finished with 18 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.
Thunder 107, Pacers 99
Paul George scored 31 points and Russell Westbrook had yet another triple-double to lead Oklahoma City past visiting Indiana.
Early in the second half, the Thunder looked headed for yet another lackluster defeat as the Pacers built an 11-point lead. But then came a massive third-quarter push. The Thunder scored 24 consecutive points over a stretch of nearly seven minutes to seize control.
Westbrook finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. Steven Adams scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Thunder, his highest-scoring game since Dec. 14. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 28 points.
Warriors 118, Grizzlies 103
Golden State needed a late surge and 28 points apiece from Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant to hold off host Memphis.
Curry hit six 3-pointers and Durant missed just one shot for the Warriors, who moved a half-game ahead of Denver in the race for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Jonas Valanciunas (27 points, 13 rebounds) and Bruno Caboclo (17 points, 13 rebounds) recorded double-doubles for Memphis, which lost for just the second time in its past seven home games.
Trail Blazers 118, Bulls 98
Seth Curry scored a team-high 20 points as Portland topped Chicago for a fifth straight victory.
Continuing a strong run while stepping in for injured guard CJ McCollum (knee), Curry shot 8-for-11 from the floor as part of the Blazers’ 51.8 percent (43-for-83) effort. Al-Farouq Aminu notched 12 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, and Rodney Hood scored 15 points.
Chicago’s Shaquille Harrison scored a game-high 21 points and added 10 rebounds, and Wayne Selden had 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Bulls were missing Lauri Markkanen, who was shut down for the season due to fatigue.
Jazz 115, Lakers 100
Rudy Gobert recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds to help Utah beat Los Angeles in Salt Lake City. Lakers star LeBron James was rested in the second of back-to-back games.
Derrick Favors added 20 points, and Jae Crowder scored 16 for the Jazz, who have won three straight games and eight of their past nine. Utah defeated Los Angeles for the 13th time in the past 15 meetings.
Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points, and JaVale McGee added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost for the 21st time in the past 29 contests.

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