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PHOENIX – Devin Booker scored 45 points, a season-high, Chris Paul added 19 points and 14 assists, and the Phoenix Suns held on to beat the Chicago Bulls 121-116 on Wednesday night

The Suns built a 16-point lead midway through the third quarter, but the Bulls reduced that advantage to 94-86 early in the fourth Chicago hung on throughout the final few minutes, shooting under three points several times Thaddeus Young’s bucket in the paint took the Bulls to 115-112 with less than a minute left

Booker responded with his final basket – passing Nikola Vujecic for a layup – and the Suns won their fourth in a row Chicago’s losing streak is now five games away

“I was just doing snaps,” Booker said “Having good screens, getting into the paint and taking what the defense gives me I have a few early transitions to get into a rhythm”

Booker had another All-Star performance in a season full of them, making 17 of 24 shots from the field and 9 of 10 free throws He was particularly effective on midrange jumpers, finishing time and time again. times on Chicago defense

“He’s one of the few guys in the league who can score at all three levels, with the ball, without the ball and he can post,” said Suns coach Monty Williams “He did it in every way you can describe or imagine tonight”

Phoenix’s Dario Saric had 16 points off the bench on 6 of 9 shots, including 3 of 5 on 3 points

Chicago was led by 24 points and 10 rebounds, Vujecic Young added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Denzel Valentine also scored 19 points

Booker scored 22 points before the break on 10 of 14 shots to help the Suns lead 67-58 at halftime Phoenix makes 10 of 18 (556%) shots from 3-point range Paul says the Booker’s efficiency is fun to watch

“The fact that he does it during the game,” said Paul “It’s not like he’s hunting”

Chicago coach Billy Donovan said his team’s defense was better in the second half, but there was no real way to stop Booker

“I thought Booker had a great night because he made all of his mid-range sweaters,” Donovan said. “It wasn’t like he made it beyond the line it did it from the midrange, so give it some credit “

Phoenix won despite Chicago having a 50-32 rebound advantage, including an 18-4 lead in the offensive boards But the Bulls only shot 43% from the field and missed several opportunities near the basket

“They’re so big and they kept crushing the boards,” Williams said. “We finally went big and were able to keep them a bit at bay”

Bulls: Chicago was without G Zach LaVine (sprained right ankle) and G Coby White (left neck pain) LaVine is 27 averaging 5 points per game while White averages 15 White missed his second back-to-back game G Tomas Satoransky played his 100th game with the Bulls Chicago closed March with a 4-10 record Vucevic called up for a technical foul mid-fourth quarter

Suns: F Frank Kaminsky missed his second straight game in league health and safety protocol F Abdel Nader was also out with right knee pain Saric had a second consecutive productive game on the bench He had 20 points in the team’s win over the Hawks on Tuesday Phoenix shot 57 percent from field Jae Crowder had four blocked shots

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