February 07, (THEWILL) – The Phoenix Suns returned to winning ways by toppling the Milwaukee Bucks 114-106 on Tuesday night. Devin Booker scored 32 points whilst veteran Kevin Durant added 28 as the Suns held off a stirring fightback led by Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Despite 34 points from the “Greek Freak”, his Bucks came unstuck for the fourth time in five games since new coach Doc Rivers took over last month. Once ahead by 19 in the third quarter, careless turnovers allowed Milwaukee back into contention – but clutch plays from Phoenix’s seasoned campaigners sealed the victory.
“We didn’t finish the game the way we wanted to but we found a way to get stops and make plays,” said Booker, who continues to deputise effectively in the absence of injured star Chris Paul. With Paul’s return imminent, the Suns will be further buoyed by their first win over a winning team since New Year’s Eve.
The loss halts the Bucks’ push for a top-four seed in the East. Their window for title contention remains open but Rivers has yet to stem erratic late-game performances. “We can’t keep making mistakes in crucial moments,” rued Giannis after the game. “We fight hard but we beat ourselves.”
Their firepower means Milwaukee will always be dangerous but defensive lapses could undermine their trophy ambitions.
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