NBA: Devin Booker, the late Surge to surprise the Jazz

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Devin Booker # 1 of Phoenix Sons trailing Royals O’Neill # 23 of the Utah Jazz during the first half of a game on April 08, 2022 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Alex Goodlett / Getty Images / AFP

Devin Booker scored 33 and Chris Paul added 16 points and 16 assists as the Phoenix advanced from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to stop the Utah Jazz 111-105 on Friday night in Sons Salt Lake City.

The result added another W to the all-time best record for Phoenix (64-17) and propelled the NBA-led Suns to a franchise-record 32nd win.

Deandre Ayton (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Mikal Bridges (18 points) stood on both sides of the court in the final quarter as Sanus outscored the Jazz 36-13. The rally came two days after the Phoenix Reserve almost overcame a 39-point deficit against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Jazz with 21 points (48-33) and Rudy Gobert made his 52nd double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Utah had a chance to win the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference playoffs – the Suns locked in at the top – but the Jazz are now tied with the Denver Nuggets.

The Jazz ended their regular season in Portland on Sunday night and at the same time hosted the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers in Denver. Utah will finish fifth with a win and drop to No. 6 with a loss and Denver wins.

Donovan Mitchell scored 18, but shot 7 for 21 for the game and contributed only one free throw during the fourth-quarter fall. Mike Conley Jr. also fought off the field, hitting 4 of 13 for 13 points, and 39.8 percent shots for the Jazz game while Phoenix made just half of his shots (46 of 92).

The game was full of runs for each team. Phoenix opened 11-0, Utah scored the first 14 of the second quarter and the Jazz started the third quarter with a 13-4 run for the 70-58 advantage.

Utah is in third place with eight points from the last 50 seconds, thanks to a Gabert Bucket and a last-second thanks to Jordan Clarkson 3-Pointer for a 92-75 lead in the final 13.4.

The Jazz, who have struggled to maintain a big lead this season, were called a timeout through the fourth after the Suns cut the gap to eight. It didn’t slow them down, though. Bridges caps 13-0 with an off-balance layout to tie the game.

A moment later, Bridges led 104-102 Sans with a strong dunk and then added three more to an old-fashioned three-point play.

After being nicely set up by Eaton Paul, Conley followed a bucket with a layup and Sans closed from there.

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