Kevin Durant’s brilliance helps the Phoenix Suns to beat Cleveland Cavaliers

American power forward Kevin Durant starred with a game-high 37 points while Devin Booker added 27 in his comeback from a right ankle sprain, leading the Phoenix Suns to a 117-111 win over the injury-depleted Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. Durant also had eight rebounds and six assists for the Suns, who sit one game ahead of Sacramento in sixth place in the Western Conference. Booker, who missed four games due to injury, played 38 strong minutes on the court and managed to have seven assists and six rebounds. Bradley Beal chipped in with 24 on 10-of-19 shooting from the floor, part of Phoenix’s 54.8 percent overall performance.

The Suns trailed 63-44 midway through the second quarter but responded well with a 43-15 run that ended deep in the third. With seven minutes remaining, Booker scored in transition to give the Suns a 106-104 lead. Phoenix Suns’ player fought well to hold on to the lead and secured a crucial win. Phoenix improved to 3-1 in its past four games, while Cleveland fell to 1-3 in its past four, taking its second loss in as many nights.

The Phoenix lead never extended to more than nine points, as Darius Garland and Caris LeVert both helped Cleveland stay within striking distance. American point guard Garland led the Cavaliers with 30 points and made nearly half of the Cavaliers’ 15 3-pointers, going 7-for-10 from deep. LeVert had 17 points and 11 assists while starting in place of Donovan Mitchell, who missed his eighth consecutive game due to a knee ailment.

The Cavaliers were also without Evan Mobley. Jarrett Allen took up the majority of inside responsibilities with Mobley out due to an ankle sprain, scoring 15 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. Craig Porter Jr. and Isaac Okoro added 13 points each to the Cavaliers’ total. Porter’s driving baseline dunk brought the Cavaliers within three points with 4:04 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Porter also converted two free throws with 1:30 remaining to bring the Cavaliers within 113-111. Jarret Allen had the ball inside with a chance to tie following Durant’s miss, but he lost control of it. Phoenix’s Grayson Allen and Booker each scored two free throws in the final seconds to secure the victory.