The Phoenix Suns beat the Golden State Warriors 119-116 on Tuesday night, where Devin Booker scored 32 points, Bradley Beal added 16 in his return from a back injury.
In the third quarter, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors was ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul on Jusuf Nurkic. On the other hand, Stephen Curry led the team with 24 points.
Going into the fourth quarter, the Phoenix Suns held an 88-87 lead courtesy of Bradley Beal’s baseline jumper. A 12-0 run, featuring Jordan Goodwin’s steal and an impressive reverse dunk by Devin Booker, extended the Suns’ lead to 109-96 with around four minutes remaining.
Despite being down 113-104 with 1:30 on the clock, the Warriors mounted a comeback, filling the gap to 115-114 with 15 seconds left. However, Booker secured the win for the Suns with two successful free throws, and Curry’s subsequent 3-pointer attempt fell short.
Nurkic finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists. On the other hand, Booker shot 12 of 23 from the field and added seven assists.
Green and Nurkic were engaged in a physical battle for position when they became entangled in the early stages of the third quarter. Seemingly off balance, Green unexpectedly turned and struck Nurkic in the face.
Nurkic immediately fell to the floor but got back up and continued playing. Following a review, the referees assessed Green with a Flagrant 2 foul, resulting in his automatic ejection from the game.
Despite the trio of Booker, Beal, and 13-time All-Star Kevin Durant, the Phoenix Suns have yet to field all three players in a single game this season. Dealing with a left ankle sprain, Durant missed his second consecutive game on Tuesday.
And despite a significant contribution from their bench, totaling 80 points, Golden State lost. Brandin Podziemski, Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga, Chris Paul, and Dario Saric scored in double figures. In addition, Podziemski lead the way with 20 points.
Stephen Curry nailed a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining in the first half. He propel the Warriors to a 56-53 halftime lead. Curry was the leading scorer for Golden State in the first half with 16 points. While Devin Booker contributed 13 points for the Suns.