Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Booker scored a game-high 26 points and JaVale McGee recorded a double-double as the Phoenix Suns (9-3) extended their winning streak to eight games with a 115-89 (27-23, 24-21, 29-19, 35-26) victory over the host Houston Rockets (1-12).

Player of the Game
JaVale  McGee
EFF
29
JaVale McGee
Points 19
Accuracy 9-12
Rebounds 14
Assists 1

Booker tallied 16 first-quarter points to get the Suns off to a solid start while McGee excelled filling the void for Deandre Ayton (leg).

McGee added three blocked shots to his 19 points and 14 rebounds to anchor the Suns' interior defense as Phoenix took advantage of another ragged display of ball handling from Houston.

The Rockets, last in the league with 18.9 turnovers per game, totaled 23 turnovers that Phoenix converted into 22 points. Those miscues, in addition to 7-for-32 3-point shooting, stalled any attempt for the Rockets to snap a skid that reached 11 consecutive games.

Christian Wood paired 17 points with eight rebounds for Houston while the starting backcourt of Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green totaled 24 points, eight assists and 10 turnovers. Rookie Alperen Sengun produced his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 boards off the bench.

The Rockets mustered a spirited effort despite their avalanche of turnovers and trailed by only four points at 27-23 entering the second period despite committing nine turnovers in the first quarter.

A Green layup at the 3:30 mark of the second kept the deficit at four before Mikal Bridges (14 points, six rebounds) followed a McGee three-point play with a 3-pointer that pushed the Suns' lead to 43-33.

Wood sank a late 3 for the Rockets, who cut the margin to 51-44 at the break. But Houston posted as many turnovers as field goals (eight) in the second period, enabling the Suns to maintain control despite shooting just 39.6 percent in the first half. Phoenix had 17 points on 17 Houston turnovers at the intermission.

While Houston opened the second half 0-for-4, the Suns turned a 7-0 spurt that featured a 3-pointer by Chris Paul (15 points, seven steals) and two Booker free throws and a layup into a 14-point advantage.

Frank Kaminsky pushed the lead to 71-50 with two free throws with 5:16 left in the third and the Rockets struggled to maintain close contact for the remainder of the second half.

Rockets: Christian Wood 17 (6/7 2PT, 1/5 3PT, 8 REB, 4 TO), Jalen Green (4/8 2PT, 0/6 3PT, 4 TO), Kevin Porter 12 (3/8 2PT, 2/7 3PT, 6 REB, 6 AST, 6 TO), Eric Gordon 12 (2/4 3PT), Alperen Sengun 10 (4/5 2PT, 10 REB, 4 AST).

Suns: Devin Booker 26 (6/16 2PT, 3/7 3PT., 5/5 FT, 5 REB, 6 AST), JaVale McGee 19 (9/12 2PT, 14 REB, 3 BLK), Chris Paul 15 (4/6 2PT, 2/5 3PT, 4 AST, 7 STL), Mikal Bridges 14 (4/8 2PT, 2/5 3PT, 6 REB), Cameron Payne 13 (2/5 3PT, 4 AST), Cameron Johnson 10 (2/6 3PT, 6 REB).

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Houston Rockets
Phoenix Suns
41%
35/85
Field goals
43%
42/97
56
Rebounds
58
19
Assists
19
7
Steals
16
19
Fouls
19
78
Efficiency
128

Best players

Christian  Wood
17 PTS
7/12 FG
2/4 FT
Devin  Booker
26 PTS
9/23 FG
5/5 FT
Alperen  Sengun
10 REB
8 DREB
2 OREB
JaVale  McGee
14 REB
7 DREB
7 OREB
Kevin  Porter
6 As
6 TO
32 MIN
Devin  Booker
6 As
0 TO
32 MIN
Alperen  Sengun
18 EFF
80% 2P%
0% 3P%
JaVale  McGee
29 EFF
75% 2P%
- 3P%