Suns roast the Bulls at Phoenix
In just three quarters, Booker set a season high with 51 points, Deandre Ayton added 30 points and 14 rebounds, and Phoenix won 132-113 to extend their winning streak to six games.
With a few early mid-range jumpers, Devin Booker made the Chicago Bulls pay for some subpar defense. He then produced a couple more.
The Suns All-Star guard found himself having one of those nights when the hoop seems so large not to miss.
In addition to his 26 points in the outstanding third quarter that included 10 of 11 shooting, Booker scored 25 points in the first half. "MVP! MVP!" chants erupted across Footprint Center after a disputed 3-pointer swished through the net, and the 26-year-old is undoubtedly making a strong early-season case. Late in the third, the two-time All-Star grabbed a steal before bursting downcourt and slamming in a dunk for his 50th and 51st points. He also had four rebounds and six assists.
All night long, the Bulls had trouble defending, especially against Booker and Ayton. After Phoenix made a couple of easy baskets in the third quarter, Chicago coach Billy Donovan became enraged and aggressively called a timeout.
It was Booker's second 40-point game after he had 44 at Sacramento on Monday.
Chicago was led by DeMar DeRozan's 29 points. Zach LaVine scored 21 more.
At halftime, the Suns had a 64-43 advantage. Before halftime, Booker pounded the Bulls for 25 points while consistently hitting open mid-range jumpers.
The Suns have the best record in the Western Conference at 15-6 having won 12 of 13 home games.
Bulls: At Golden State on Friday night.
Suns: Host Houston on Sunday.