The Suns sweep the Jazz and snatch the leadership of the West

Devin Booker contributed 31 points and the eaves Mikal bridges reached the 18 points in the very important victory of the Phoenix Suns that allows them to snatch the first place in the Western Conference from a decimated Utah Jazz who won 121-100.

Two nights after securing postseason access after 11 years of drought, the Suns continued their winning march and were never behind on the scoreboard after the first few minutes.

Booker made 13 of 19 shots from the field, including three back jump shots at the end of the third period, which sparked excitement among Suns fans on the field.

The base Chris Paul added 12 points and 9 assists as game director, while the Bahamian center Deandre Ayton had 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, which left him as the best of the Phoenix team in the paint.

The Suns and Jazz are 45-18. If they are tied at the end of the season, Phoenix would claim number one in the West during the playoffs because they swept the three-game season series against Utah.

The Jazz, who once again had the bajas of guard Donovan Mitchell, and point guard Mike Conley, received the support of the Croatian forward Bojan Bogdanovic, who scored 22 points insufficient to avoid third loss in the last four games.

Utah was playing without its outside All Star game with Conley and Mitchell. Conley was out with a hamstring strain, while Mitchell has a sprained right ankle.

Without his presence, the Suns were always a better team than the Jazz.

The Suns took a 25-point lead midway through the second quarter when a triple by forward Cameron Payne made it 50-25. The Jazz managed to cut the deficit to 68-52 at halftime.

Booker led the Suns with 16 before the break, while Bridges had 13. Bogdanovic finished with 15 for the Jazz.

The Utah team came close to 70-57 in the third quarter, but couldn’t cut the score further.

The Suns had raised the lead back to 96-72 at the start of the quarter and won with ease.

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