Suns stinker in Game 7 overshadows excellent regular season

PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul worked his way around the perimeter and got the shot he wanted on the first offensive possession for the Phoenix Suns — an open 14-foot jumper near the free-throw line that he’s made plenty of times during his 17 -year NBA career. It rattled in and out of the basket. … Read more

After Game 7 win, Mavericks will enjoy, prepare for Warriors

PHOENIX (AP) — Coach Jason Kidd made it clear during an interview before Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals that no matter what happened on Sunday night, the Dallas Mavericks should consider this a successful season. A few hours later, it became even more special. Luka Doncic scored 35 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 30 … Read more

Doncic leads Mavs over Suns 123-90 in Game 7 blowout

PHOENIX (AP) — It was no surprise when Luka Doncic looked ready for Game 7, calmly draining his first three shots to give the Dallas Mavericks an early lead. The stunner came over the next two hours: The top-seeded Phoenix Suns had no response. Doncic scored 35 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 30 and the Mavericks … Read more

Pair of 7s: Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns happy to be home

PHOENIX (AP) — The NBA’s long regular season can be tedious, but make no mistake, it matters. Just ask the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns — two teams who have home-court advantage in Game 7 of their respective second-round NBA playoff series on Sunday thanks to superior regular-season records. The Celtics host the Milwaukee Bucks … Read more

Booker scores 28, Suns rout Mavericks 110-80 for 3-2 lead

PHOENIX (AP) — The top-seeded Phoenix Suns looked much more like their old selves on Tuesday night. All-Star guard Devin Booker said a little time in front of the TV with NBA Coach of the Year Monty Williams did wonders. “We study film,” Booker said. “Coach is coming in with adjustments, we make them and … Read more

Aces give Hammon first victory, beating Griner-less Mercury

PHOENIX (AP) — Dearica Hamby scored 24 points and the Las Vegas Aces won in Becky Hammon’s first game as coach, beating the short-handed Phoenix Mercury 106-88 on Friday night to open the WNBA season. Phoenix was without Brittney Griner as she nears the three-month mark of her detention in Russia with no timetable for … Read more

Paul has another stellar fourth, Suns blow past Mavs 129-109

PHOENIX (AP) — The top-seeded Phoenix Suns were braced for another fourth-quarter playoff fight on Wednesday night. Chris Paul turned it into an early knockout. The 12-time All-Star scored 28 points, including 14 in another spectacular final quarter, to lead the Suns over the Dallas Mavericks 129-109 for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference … Read more

Top-seeded Suns, Heat playing like the favorites in playoffs

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat are top seeds in the NBA playoffs and at the moment they look like it, coming off impressive performances. Both have a chance to take 2-0 leads in their respective series on Wednesday and are strong favorites to get it done, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. In … Read more

Ayton, Booker lead top-seeded Suns past Mavericks 121-114

PHOENIX (AP) — Deandre Ayton scored 25 points, Devin Booker added 23 and the top-seeded Phoenix Suns rolled to a 121-114 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. The Suns never trailed, jumping to a 9-0 lead in the opening minutes and rarely let off the … Read more

Mavericks, Suns both adversity-tested in these playoffs

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have proven they can win playoff games without All-Star Devin Booker. The Dallas Mavericks showed the same when their own superstar Luka Doncic was out of the lineup. If adversity builds strength, then this Suns-Mavericks playoff matchup could be a doozy. The Mavericks travel to face the top-seeded Suns … Read more