Suns buck slow start to romp past skidding Bulls and snap three-game slump
Eric Bledsoe had 23 points and eight assists to help snap the Suns' three-game slump. AP

THE Phoenix Suns easily manhandled a full-strength Chicago Bulls team to coast to a 115-97 win and snap a three-game slide on  Friday (Saturday, Manila time) at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

With Jimmy Butler back for Chicago after missing three games, Phoenix got behind by nine early in the first quarter. But the Suns turned things around with a 23-6 run to close the first half with a 13-point lead, 56-43.

Butler led a Bulls charge to get within nine, 94-85, near the midpoint mark of the fourth but the Suns unleashed a 12-2 run to push the lead to 19 with over three minutes left, and Chicago never recovered from there.

Devin Booker had 27 points to lead Phoenix (17-38), and Eric Bledsoe added 23 markers and eight assists. TJ Warren chipped in 16 points and Alan Williams scored 14 off the bench.

Butler finished with 20 points for Chicago (26-28), who have lost two in a row, but shot just 6-of-16 from the field. Dwyane Wade added 18 markers, and Robin Lopez chipped in 12.

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