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Devin Booker matched his season-high of 38 points while reaching a milestone as the Phoenix Suns (27-7) earned a 115-97 (33-23, 27-29, 25-29, 30-16) victory over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder (12-22) on Wednesday night.

JaVale McGee contributed 16 points and eight rebounds and Cameron Payne added 16 points and seven assists for Phoenix, which snapped a two-game slide.

In the first quarter, Booker (25 years, 60 days) became the seventh youngest player in NBA history to reach 10,000 career points. He finished the game with 10,034.

Ty Jerome established career bests of 24 points and eight rebounds for Oklahoma City, which dropped its second straight contest. Aaron Wiggins added 22 points and eight boards.

Kings 95, Mavericks 94

Chimezie Metu connected on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer on an inbounds play that began with 3.8 seconds remaining, giving Sacramento (15-21) a win over visiting Dallas (16-18).

De'Aaron Fox paced a balanced Sacramento attack with 16 points. Harrison Barnes and Davion Mitchell followed with 14 each, Tyrese Haliburton had 12 to go with a game-high 10 assists, and Metu and Marvin Bagley III scored 11 apiece.

Jalen Brunson had a game-high 25 points to go with a team-high six assists and Kristaps Porzingis chipped in with 24 points to complement a team-high seven rebounds for the Mavericks, who will stay in Sacramento and get a rematch Friday night.

Knicks 94, Pistons 85

Alec Burks poured in a season-high 34 points off the bench as visiting New York (17-18) rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat depleted Detroit (5-28).

Immanuel Quickley had 18 points and RJ Barrett tossed in 15 for New York.

Detroit's Saddiq Bey had a career-high 32 points and Hamidou Diallo supplied 31 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons, who had 12 players listed as out, including eight in league protocols. They used six players who were signed 10-day contracts in the past week.

Jazz 120, Trail Blazers 105

Rudy Gobert scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Rudy Gay netted 21 points to lead visiting Utah (25-9) past Portland (13-21).

Six Jazz players scored 15 or more points and the team shot 52.9 percent from the field to win its fifth straight game overall and its eighth in a row on the road.

Damian Lillard and Norman Powell each fired in 32 points for the Trail Blazers, who have dropped three games in a row. Portland, which never led and trailed by as many as 22 points, was without two coaches, including head coach Chauncey Billups, and seven players who are all in the NBA's health and safety protocols.

Hornets 116, Pacers 108

Terry Rozier poured in 35 points, including a hot stretch late in the game, as Charlotte Hornets (19-17) defeated Indiana (14-21) at Indianapolis.

Three times in the last six minutes when the Pacers made runs, Rozier answered with jumpers. His 3-pointer stretched the edge to 111-103 with 2:33 to play. He had 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Charlotte has a three-game winning streak. Caris LeVert led the Pacers in scoring for the sixth time in the last eight games, racking up 27 points.

Bulls 131, Hawks 117

Zach LaVine scored 25 points and Nikola Vucevic and Coby White registered double-doubles as host Chicago (22-10) stretched its winning streak to five games with a victory against Atlanta (15-19).

A 12-point winner at Atlanta on Monday, the Bulls swept the home-and-home series while sending the short-handed Hawks to their third straight defeat and fifth loss in six games. Vucevic contributed 16 points and 20 rebounds for his third straight double-double and fourth in five games. White added 17 points and 12 of Chicago's season-best 38 assists.

Trae Young scored a game-high 26 points to go with 11 assists for Atlanta in the opener of a six-game road trip. Beset by numerous absences due to the NBA's health and safety protocols for COVID-19, the Hawks fielded a roster that included just four regular rotation players and had numerous additions who signed 10-day hardship contracts.

Grizzlies 104, Lakers 99

Ja Morant made a career-high six 3-pointers and scored a season-high 41 points as Memphis (22-14) rallied for its third straight win, beating visiting Los Angeles (17-19).

Desmond Bane scored 20 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 15 for Memphis, which trailed for nearly all of the first three quarters before outscoring the Lakers 26-16 in the final period.

LeBron James tied his career-high with eight 3-pointers and finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists for the Lakers. Russell Westbrook recorded his eighth triple-double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists.

Clippers 91, Celtics 82

Marcus Morris Sr. finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds against his former team to lead short-handed Los Angeles (18-17) past host Boston (16-19).

Luke Kennard, Eric Bledsoe, and Terance Mann added 17 points apiece for the Clippers, which had lost two straight and five of its previous six games.

Jaylen Brown had a game-high 30 points on 13-of-36 shooting for the Celtics. Boston suffered a third straight defeat and its eighth in 11 games. The Celtics shot 34.7 percent (35-of-101) from the field and made just 4-of-42 3-pointers (9.5 percent).

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