PHOENIX – Devin Booker scored 32 points, Bradley Beal added 16 in his return from a back injury and the Phoenix Suns held on until the end to beat the Golden State Warriors 119-116 in NBA action on Tuesday night.
Golden State's Draymond Green was ejected in the third quarter after receiving a Flagrant 2 foul for hitting Jusuf Nurkic in the face. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 24 points.
The Suns took an 88-87 lead into the fourth after Beal hit a baseline jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining. Phoenix used a 12-0 run — highlighted by Jordan Goodwin's steal, pass and Booker's reverse dunk — to go up 109-96 with about four minutes remaining.
The Warriors trailed 113-104 with 1:30 left, but rallied to cut the margin to 115-114 with 15 seconds left. Booker responded with two free throws to give the Suns a three-point lead and Curry missed a 3-pointer from the next spot.
Beal followed with two free throws to finally put the game away. The Suns are 3-0 this season against the Warriors.
-NBA (@NBA) December 13, 2023
Booker made 12 of 23 shots from the field and added seven assists. Nurkic finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
The third quarter was marred when Green was ejected for the 18th time in his career, most among active NBA players.
Green and Nurkic were fighting for position early in the third when the two clashed. The Golden State forward appeared to lose his balance a little, but then inexplicably turned around and slapped Nurkic across the face.
Nurkic immediately fell to the ground, but ended up getting up and staying in the game. The referees reviewed the play before calling Green for flagrant foul 2, which causes an automatic ejection.
“As you know, I’m not one to apologize for things I intended to do, but I apologize to Jusuf because I didn’t mean to hit him.”
Draymond Green on his ejection tonight pic.twitter.com/qcDlIvuFxS
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It's been less than a month since Green was suspended five games by the NBA for putting Minnesota's Rudy Gobert in a headlock during a fight in November.
Beal played in just his fourth game of the season and his first since Nov. 12. The three-time All-Star has been dealing with a lower back strain since October.
The Suns' big three of Booker, Beal and 13-time All-Star Kevin Durant have yet to play together this season. Durant missed his second straight game on Tuesday with a left ankle sprain.
Golden State lost despite a great game from the bench, which totaled 80 points. Brandin Podziemski, Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga, Chris Paul and Dario Saric were all in double figures. Podziemski was 20.
Curry hit a 3 with 2.5 seconds left in the half, giving the Warriors a 56-53 halftime lead. Curry led Golden State with 16 points in the first half, while Booker had 13 for the Suns.
NEXT TO WARRIORS, SUNS
Warriors: Travel to Clippers on Thursday.
Suns: Host Nets on Wednesday.