Devin Booker scored 27 points and the Phoenix Suns used a 44-point third quarter to rout the Washington Wizards 134-106 on Saturday night. Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Paul added 13 points and 10 assists and Phoenix had only three turnovers to tie the franchise record. The Suns have won 17 of their last 21 games and are 37-15 overall.
One night after winning one statement game against the Utah Jazz, the Phoenix Suns stumbled in another, to the Los Angeles Clippers. Perhaps more integral to the Suns' climb into contention in the Western Conference is how they handle the vagaries of the NBA schedule. For every high-profile contest against the Jazz and Clippers, Phoenix has to maintain its consistency against the likes of the Washington Wizards, which Phoenix beat 134-106 Saturday, and Houston Rockets, whom the Suns will host Monday.
The Utah Jazz continue to surge at Vivint Arena, where they have not lost a game since New Year's Eve. With Saturday's win over Sacramento the Jazz have now won 24 games in a row at home. Though the Washington Wizards enter Monday night's game in Salt Lake City near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings and not in a playoff position, they are one of the few teams in the NBA that have beaten the league-leading Jazz this season.