#DALLAS (AP) — Devin Booker scored 20 of his 32 points in a decisive third quarter, Deandre Ayton had a season-high 31 points and the Phoenix Suns never trailed in a 133-104 dismantling of the Dallas Mavericks last night.
#Booker started the scoring in the third quarter before the ball had even been thrown in, making a free throw after the last of three first-half technicals against Dallas was called against Tim Hardaway Jr after the halftime buzzer.
#With the head start from Booker, the Suns outscored the Mavericks 48-22 in the third on their way to surpassing last season’s win total of 19 with their fourth victory in the past five road games.
#Ayton, the 2018 No. 1 overall pick who has been overshadowed during his two seasons by Dallas sensation and third overall choice Luka Doncic, was 13 of 15 from the field as the Suns shot a season-high 59 per cent. Ayton made all five of his free throws and had a game-high nine rebounds.
#The Mavericks honoured Kobe Bryant in a ceremony before their first home game since the Lakers star, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles.
#Highlights of Bryant’s career and some of his interactions with the Mavericks, including retired star Dirk Nowitzki, were shown on the video boards during a moment of silence. Nowitzki was courtside with owner Mark Cuban.
#Dallas’ plan to retire the No. 24 in Bryant’s honour was announced to cheers, and the teams repeated the tribute Dallas and Oklahoma City displayed a night earlier. The Mavericks took an 8-second backcourt violation to honour Bryant’s other number, followed by a 24-second shot clock violation by the Suns.