Booker leads Phoenix against Oklahoma City after 41-point game
Phoenix Suns (62-15, first in the Western Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (22-55, 14th in the Western Conference)
Oklahoma City; Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Phoenix plays the Oklahoma City Thunder after Devin Booker scored 41 points in the Suns’ 122-114 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Thunder are 15-32 in Western Conference games. Oklahoma City ranks ninth in the Western Conference in team defense, allowing only 111.5 points while holding opponents to 45.5% shooting.
The Suns are 37-10 in conference play. Phoenix is third in the Western Conference scoring 49.6 points per game in the paint led by Deandre Ayton averaging 13.1.
The two teams play for the fourth time this season. The Suns defeated the Thunder 124-104 in their last meeting on Feb. 25. Booker led the Suns with 25 points, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 32 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 24.5 points and 5.9 assists for the Thunder. Theo Maledon is averaging 14.5 points over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City.
Booker is shooting 37.7% from beyond the arc with 2.7 made 3-pointers per game for the Suns, while averaging 26.6 points and 4.9 assists. Mikal Bridges is shooting 57.0% and averaging 19.1 points over the last 10 games for Phoenix.
LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 2-8, averaging 113.0 points, 45.7 rebounds, 25.3 assists, 6.4 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 46.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.0 points per game.
Suns: 9-1, averaging 125.6 points, 43.0 rebounds, 28.4 assists, 7.8 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 53.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.9 points.
INJURIES: Thunder: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: day to day (foot), Josh Giddey: out for season (hip), Ty Jerome: out for season (hip), Tre Mann: day to day (hamstring), Kenrich Williams: out (knee), Derrick Favors: out for season (back), Mike Muscala: out for season (ankle), Darius Bazley: out for season (knee), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: out for season (ankle), Luguentz Dort: out for season (shoulder), Aleksej Pokusevski: day to day (illness).
Suns: Dario Saric: out (knee), Frank Kaminsky: out (knee).