Devin Booker, Luka Doncic have words in Suns win

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

DALLAS – Devin Booker and Luka Doncic were at it again Sunday afternoon.

The two All-Stars added another chapter to their back-and-forth history late in Sunday’s Suns-Mavericks matchup that ended with Phoenix (36-29) pulling out a 130-126 comeback win at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

“You guys say you don’t want everybody to be friendly friendly,” said Booker, who was named Western Conference player of the week Monday. “There you go. We got some smoke.”

Doncic and Booker both chalked it up as two competitors in the heat of the moment, but Doncic left a parting shot that evokes memories of last year’s playoff series Dallas won in seven games over Phoenix.

“It’s fine, just a competitive game, man,” Doncic said. “It’s all good. Next time, don’t wait until it’s three seconds left to talk.”

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts after a missed shot, as Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 5, 2023, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

With the Mavericks (33-32) down two after Kevin Durant’s contested basket over Tim Hardaway Jr. with 12.4 seconds left, Doncic had Josh Okogie on him at the top of the key with time expiring.

Doncic drove left, spun right, and got Okogie off him with his left forearm, but missed with his right hand right at the rim with 3.5 seconds remaining.

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