Devin Booker drops 30 points, trash talks Patrick Beverley in Suns win over Clippers

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This is an impressive win for Phoenix.

The Los Angeles Clippers had handled the Lakers then thrashed the Warriors in their first two games. The Suns were on the second night of a back-to-back and without Ricky Rubio and Deandre Ayton. It didn’t matter.

Phoenix’s plan was to bomb away from three — literally half of their shot attempts came from beyond the arc — and they hit 39.5 percent of them. That led them to the 130-122 win, handing Los Angeles its first loss.

Leading the way was Devin Booker, who finished the night with 30 points and eight assists — and even trash talked Patrick Beverley after a third-quarter three.

Eventually, Booker fouled out Beverley and the Suns’ bench waved goodbye.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers decided to sit Kawhi Leonard for key stretches of the fourth, and the Clippers defense did not look as sharp. But give Booker and the Suns credit, they led almost the entire game and just made shots. For a Suns team trying to establish some credibility and respect around the league, this was a good start.