Draymond Green was ejected again and the Phoenix Suns got 32 points from Devin Booker in a 119-116 win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
Green was tossed in the third quarter after receiving a Flagrant 2 foul for hitting Phoenix’s Jusuf Nurkic in the face.
The incident came less than a month after Green was suspended five games by the NBA for putting Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert into a headlock during an altercation in November.
Bradley Beal scored 16 points in his return from a back injury and the Suns won without Kevin Durant, who missed his second straight game with a left ankle sprain.
SUNS WIN! pic.twitter.com/rGcBncVMrH— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 13, 2023
Exum gives Mavericks big lift
Luka Dončić had 33 points and 17 assists and Dante Exum made five of his career-best seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Dallas Mavericks won their fourth straight game, 127-125 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
With Kyrie Irving sidelined again by a bruised right foot, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a season-high 32 points, including five of Dallas’ 21 3-pointers, and Grant Williams chipped in 19 points.
Anthony Davis tallied 37 points and 11 rebounds, while LeBron James had 33 points, nine assists and eight boards as the Lakers’ season-best four-game winning streak was snapped.
This was the first game for the Lakers after their NBA Cup-clinching victory over Indiana in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Exum finished with a season-high 26 points, going 5 of 7 from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter to help the Mavs stay ahead.
Clippers’ Leonard continues scoring binge
Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points in three quarters and the Los Angeles Clippers cruised to their fifth straight win, 119-98 over the Sacramento Kings.
Leonard scored 14 points in the third quarter, including the Clippers’ final seven, to extend their lead to 99-70.
He has 106 points on 36-of-56 shooting – 11 of 19 from 3-point range – with 15 rebounds and 13 assists in his last three games.
James Harden had 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help Los Angeles win for the 10th time in 13 games.
Keegan Murray led Sacramento with 17 points.
CLIPPERS WIN!!! pic.twitter.com/8bvxKOS2Fc— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) December 13, 2023