Booker and Paul lead Suns to win over Jazz

PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker scored 33 points, Chris Paul had 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, and the Phoenix Suns rallied to beat the decimated Utah Jazz 115-109 on Monday night.

Paul, who had his most points of the season, came close to the triple-double by dishing out 14 assists and grabbing nine rebounds. The Suns improved to an NBA-best 37-9 record and tied the 2006-07 team for the best start in franchise history.

The battle-hardened Jazz trailed by 13 in the first half, but took an 87-85 lead late in the third quarter. Utah increased its lead to 95-91 in the final quarter, but the Suns responded with a 14-2 run to take control for good.

Paul was the catalyst for Phoenix’s final onslaught by dominating the period once Booker cooled off from a terrific start. The 36-year-old point guard made his first five shots of the quarter, including two 3-pointers.

Utah was without stars Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley. The Jazz lost for the eighth time in their last 11 games.

Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz with 22 points, including three straight 3-pointers in the fourth quarter that kept the score tight until the final minute.

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