Devin Booker’s Return Boosts Phoenix Suns to Beat Miami Heat in Matchup of Conference Leaders

MIAMI — There was no doubt that this was true, but Phoenix SunsThey will be making it to the playoffs.

In a matchup between conference leaders, the Suns did not leave any doubts.

Devin BookerScored 23 points Mikal BridgesThe Suns added 21 to their total and a slow start by beating the Suns was overcome. Miami HeatOn Wednesday night, the team beat 111 to 90 — becoming the first in this season's playoffs.

Monty Williams, Suns coach, said that it was “one of the most impressive defensive performances I have ever seen.” “I've been here for a bit.”

Booker, who was absent for four games due to virus-related problems, flirted in a triple-double. He had nine assists and eight rebound.

His first trip into the playoffs was last season, but he lost in the NBA Finals. He is looking for more.

Booker stated, “We know what it is we're working towards.”

Phoenix improved the NBA's record to 53-13. The reigning Western Conference champion Suns are now the only team to beat all 29 other teams in this season's NBA playoffs — the first time since 2006-07. The Suns have now won 40 games more than.500 since 2006-07, when they were 61-21.

The Suns also overcame a Miami loss of 23 points in January.

Erik Spoelstra, Heat coach, said that “I'm certain they remembered that.” They wanted to make a big statement tonight. They outplayed me.”

We are coming off a win Tuesday night at OrlandoPhoenix's NBA-best road record was 25-6, which is an improvement of its previous best. The Suns have an 8½-game lead over MemphisWe are nine games ahead Golden StateEast-leading Miami

Deandre AytonHe scored 19 points on 9-10-10 shooting. The Suns got 10 rebounds and 11 points. JaVale McGee, and 11 points each from Jae CrowderAnd Cameron Payne.

Duncan RobinsonMiami lost 22 points, its third loss in 15 games.

Robinson spoke highly of the Suns, saying that they were “first to the ball a lot”. They were the aggressor. … Unacceptable.”

Bam AdebayoAnd Tyler HerroEach player scored 17 points for Heat. Jimmy Butler(Sinus congestion) and the loss of key reserve Caleb MartinHalfway through the 2nd quarter, there was a hyperextended right knee. The Heat expect more information on Thursday.

After being down 11 early, the Suns took a two point lead at halftime and outscored Miami by 34-19 in quarter three to win matters. Booker finished the quarter with a long 3 pointer. The Heat went 1-for-8 from beyond the arc in the quarter and was at 91-74 entering the final 12 minutes.

Bridges stated that Booker was “ready” for Booker's return.

Phoenix now trails by double digits by 13-13 this season. It is on track to be the seventh team to finish at.500 in games in which it trails by double digits. Four of the six previous teams reached the Finals.

Miami came out flying scoring 25 points within the first six minutes. This was a result of five 3-pointers. In that stretch, the Heat went 9-12-for-12 from the floor and 5-for-6 from 3-point range. They then finished the burst with seven consecutive shots.

Phoenix's defense was there. The Heat went 5-for-27 with 3s throughout the game. The Suns' 18-7 run pushed the margin to 80–65 in the third, and it eventually rose to 27 in fourth.

Booker stated that they wanted to make a statement.

Information from ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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