Devin Booker had 23 points, Chris Paul tossed in 20 points and the host Phoenix Suns rolled to a 109-92 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday.
Paul added nine assists and seven rebounds and Frank Kaminsky supplied 15 points for the Suns. Cameron Johnson contributed 14 points, six rebounds and three assists off the bench, and E’Twaun Moore chipped in 11 points.
Phoenix, which won for the fourth time in five games, began a seven-game homestand. The Suns avenged a 110-105 overtime loss at Detroit on Jan. 8.
The Suns overcame 22 turnovers by shooting 49.4 percent from the field while holding Detroit to 37.4 percent shooting.
The Pistons have lost 10 of their 11 road games, including each of the past six. Jerami Grant led Detroit with 21 points while Saddiq Bey had 14.
Mason Plumlee and Josh Jackson added 11 points apiece for the Pistons, and rookie Isaiah Stewart notched his second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Using a balanced attack, Phoenix led 57-44 at halftime. The Suns didn’t have anyone with more than 10 points but a handful with at least seven.
Detroit committed just three first-half turnovers but shot 34 percent from the field and made just 3 of 21 3-point tries prior to the break.
The Suns began the second quarter with a 21-7 run to gain a 48-31 lead. That run was capped by 12 unanswered points, including five points from Johnson and four points and two assists from Paul.
Booker scored the first four points of the second half to push Phoenix’s advantage to 17 points.
The Pistons pulled within 65-55 when Blake Griffin converted a three-point play. The Suns then went on a 16-5 run to stretch their lead to 21. Kaminsky made two 3-pointers during that span and added an assist.
Phoenix carried an 87-68 lead into the fourth quarter.
Detroit made a mini-run to cut the deficit to 92-81, capped by Grant’s midrange shot.
Booker answered with a deep 3-pointer, then stole a Jackson pass. Paul drained another long ball on that possession to put the game away.
–Field Level Media
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