Devin Booker, the Phoenix Suns’ leading scorer on the season, didn’t score a single point for the final quarter and a half. That would usually spell disaster, but T.J. Warren would have none of it. He scored 28 of his career-high 40 points in the 2nd half (including 19 in the 3rd quarter) to help extract the Suns from an early hole and push them to a 122-116 victory that has them at .500 for the first time in almost two years.
The Suns faced their biggest deficit since Jay Triano took over coaching duties, down 22 points to the Washington Wizards early in the 2nd quarter. However, the Suns chipped away at the lead and had the Wizards’ lead down to 90-87 entering the 4th quarter. Phoenix opened the 4th on a 12-4 run to take their first lead of the game but still couldn’t quite shake the Wizards. Clutching a tenuous 111-110 lead with 2:58 remaining after two free throws by Marcin Gortat, the Suns got a corner three from Warren, a follow from Warren, and a follow dunk from Marquese Chriss over the next 1:58 to open up a 118-110 lead that Washington couldn’t recover from.
Warren’s 40 points eclipses his previous career high of 30 points, and he also tied Chriss for team-high honors with 10 rebounds. Booker had 22 points on the night, with 17 of those coming in the 1st half. Mike James had 10 points and six assists but shot 1-of-10 from the field.
The Wizards were led by Bradley Beal’s 40 points (6 of 12 from 3), but he didn’t have enough help around him. John Wall scored 21 points but had only six assists on the night and missed all four of his free throw attempts. Gortat had nine points and 13 rebounds.
Otto Porter Jr. missed the game for the Wizards due to illness. Jason Smith started in his place.