Devin Booker comes up clutch as Suns hold off skidding Raptors
Devin Booker scored eight of his 19 points down the stretch to help the Suns take down the Raptors. AP

DEVIN Booker came up clutch, scoring eight of his 19 points down the stretch, as the Phoenix Suns held on to beat the Toronto Raptors, 99-91, at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Thursday (Friday, Manila time)

The Suns used a 16-2 run in the third quarter to lead by as much as 14 after taking a two-point edge, 42-40, at the break.

But the Raptors, who shot a horrible 2-of-19 from beyond the arc, found the range in the fourth with four triples to cut the lead to five, 90-85, with 3:25 to go. Booker then had a three-point play and a triple that pushed the lead to 11 with 1:51 left.

Toronto again got within five on a three-pointer by Cory Joseph before Booker sank a pair of free throws to get Phoenix back on top by seven, 98-91, with 42 ticks left. Then Tyson Chandler came up with a big block on Kyle Lowry on the next play and added one more free throw to seal the final score and the win.

Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 22 points and 10 assists, while PJ Tucker added 14. Chandler had seven markers and 13 rebounds to help Phoenix move to a 10-23 card.

Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each scored 24 for the Raptors, who have lost two straight games to fall to 22-10. Joseph was the only other Toronto player in double figures with 15 markers off the bench.

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