The Rundown: Booker drops 31 in return as Suns roll past Timberwolves

Published November 16, 2023, 3:00 PMLei Macaranas

Devin Booker returned to the Suns’ lineup and immediately made an impact with his 31 points against the Timberwolves.


Mavericks 130, Wizards 117

Bucks 128, Raptors 112

Celtics 117, 76ers 107

Knicks 116, Hawks 114

Magic 96, Bulls 94

Suns 133, Timberwolves 115

Cavaliers 109, Trail Blazers 95

Kings 125, Lakers 110

What went down

Devin Booker returned to the lineup for Phoenix, and his presence was immediately felt in all aspects of the game. He missed the last five games with lower left leg issues but he carried the offensive load early. Bradley Beal couldn’t play tonight as he recuperates from his injury so the Big Three we’ve been waiting for is still on hold. No worries though, Book and KD surged through the handicapped Timberwolves for the 133-115 victory. 

Meanwhile, in L.A., Domantas Sabonis posted a complete statline to lift the Kings past LeBron and the Lakers. The Kings have won four straight games and look to extend the streak with how efficiently they’ve been shooting. 

It was also another good night for the Cleveland Cavaliers as their franchise star Donovan Mitchell recorded his fifth consecutive game with 30+ points. 

The other games of the day featured the Mavs getting the strong dub in Washington and Dame popping off for 37 points to lead the Bucks in Toronto. 

Big-time baller

The biggest baller of the night would be Jayson Tatum. 

Tatum was blowing kisses tonight as he dropped 29 points in Philly to help the Celtics claim the top spot in the East. 

What he said

Rudy Gobert had stuff to say after the Warriors-Timberwolves fiasco last night. The league announced that Draymond Green is suspended for five games for putting Minnesota’s big man into a headlock. 

Did you see that?

Watch how Paolo Banchero made another game-winning shot in the Magic’s thrilling win in Chicago. The 21-year old scored a team-high 17 points to lift his team to a 6-5 record. 

Extra Pass

Tomorrow, two Eastern Conference teams playing well will get to test each other for the second time this season. The Brooklyn Nets are in South Beach once again to see if they can replicate their win against the Heat last November 1. With the way Miami has been playing, it surely won’t be easy for Mikal Bridges and the others. 

Even without Ben Simmons and Cam Thomas, Brooklyn has found a way to win in their latest In-Season Tournament game. Spencer Dinwiddie is coming off hot as the banged-up Brooklyn still makes it work. Meanwhile, Miami is coming off a perfect four-game road trip. The Heat, known for their intense playing style, would be in momentum and would pose a huge threat. 

You can catch the Nets and the Heat live on NBA TV Philippines.