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Devin Booker-led Suns rout Warriors, Klay Thompson ejected for first time


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Phoenix Sun’s Devin Booker #1 beats Cameron Payne #15 after scoring against the Golden State Warriors in the first half of an NBA game at Footprint Center on October 25, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Warriors 134-105. Christian Petersen / Getty Images / AFP

Devin Booker scored 34 points as the Phoenix Suns overpowered Golden State 134-105 in a tough clash that knocked Warriors star Klay Thompson out for the first time in his career.

Booker held another 30-scoring exhibit for the third straight game as the Suns booked an early goal against the reigning NBA champions.

Phoenix’s 25-year-old amulet was also at the center of a third-round skirmish with Thompson, which resulted in the Warriors’ future Family Church being overturned for the first time in his 651-game career.

Thompson was expelled after he collided with Booker midway through the third round for technique before earning a second technique as he brought down the Suns and referee Ed Malloy.

That flash point proved decisive, as the Suns exploited the Warriors’ lack of composure to turn their 83-77 advantage into a 13-point 90-77 lead.

Ultimately, The Suns overcame the Warriors 33-20 in the third round to take a 105-86 lead in the final round.

Golden State rallied to cut the shortfall to 12 points midway through the 4th, but Phoenix pulled it back again for a well-deserved win.

Booker, who has averaged 32 points in four games to start the campaign, said Phoenix is ​​determined to impress against the reigning NBA champion.

“Those are the defending champions there,” Booker said. “They have the culture, they have the environment, they are holding the crown.

“Every time we play against them, we want to play hard and compete.”

Booker made no apologies for his mental clash with veteran Warriors Thompson.

“I love Klay Thompson, and I did from the very beginning, coming soon. Right from the draft, I said I wanted to be Klay Thompson,” said Booker.

“But that’s no reason for us to compete with each other and talk a little bit of mess with each other… a big fan of his competitive nature and competitive nature, and that’s it.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr also took out Booker-Thompson.

“They’re all great opponents, they’re all great players,” Kerr said. “This is the NBA – it’s the highest league in the world. Such things happen. “

Booker was assisted by Mikal Bridges with 17 points while Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul each added 16 points.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 21 points with Jordan Poole adding 17. Thompson started with two points after making just 1/8 from the field.

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