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Raptors Upset Suns and Spoil Kevin Durant’s Return, Ending 7-Game Win Streak

TORONTO— Scottie Barnes scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, Pascal Siakam finished with 22 and the Toronto Raptors beat Phoenix 112-105 in the NBA on Wednesday night to end the Suns’ winning streak at seven.

Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter for Phoenix after missing two games because of a sore foot, while fellow star Devin Booker had only eight points. The Suns lost for the first time since a Nov. 12 loss at home against Oklahoma City.

Durant made 11 of 30 attempts and shot 2 for 8 from beyond the arc. He has scored 30 or more points in six straight games, the longest active streak in the NBA.

“I don’t feel like I’m ever out of rhythm,” Durant said. “I just missed shots.”

Booker hobbled to the bench early in the second half after stepping on Dennis Schroder’s foot, but was able to return.

“I don’t know if it got stiffer but I wasn’t going to spend the rest of the night trying to beat people off the dribble,” Booker said.

Phoenix coach Frank Vogel said he wasn’t sure whether Booker would be able to play when the Suns host the defending NBA-champion Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

“We’ll see how it responds overnight,” Vogel said. “You never know with ankles.”

“I just think the lid was on the basket tonight,” Durant said. “I feel like we got good looks, we just didn’t finish.”

Eric Gordon and Josh Okogie each scored 10 points but Phoenix lost despite outsourcing Toronto 28-14 on second-chance points.

“Scottie Barnes is a winner,” Raptors coach Darko Rajakovic said. “When you coach him, you just feel that energy, you feel him on the bench the way he’s energizing the whole team.”

The Raptors, who lost at Brooklyn on Tuesday night, were delayed flying home from New York and didn’t land in Toronto until 4 a.m., but showed no ill effects from their short night of rest.

“We have to understand that we have to start the game better than we started today,” Nurkic said. “They played last night. We should be starting the game better.”

UP NEXT

Suns: Host Denver on Friday night.

Raptors: Host New York on Friday night.



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