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Booker's Super-Scoring Efforts Not Enough as Suns Fall to Jazz

Devin Booker's 49 points marked a season-high, but the Phoenix Suns fell just short in their Friday night loss to the Utah Jazz.

The Phoenix Suns are now 9-6 on the season after a 134-133 defeat to the Utah Jazz. 

It was a slow start for the Suns, who dug themselves into an early 18-3 hole to begin the game. Phoenix was down by as much as 19 points in the first half before eventually crawling back. 

However, the Suns eventually pushed back to turn Friday night's matchup into one of the more epic games of the season, mostly thanks to the efforts of Devin Booker. 

Booker finished with 49 points, edging his previous season-high of 35 points. He was one point shy of having his fourth 50-point game. He missed four of last five shots down the stretch.

Tonight marked just the second time all season both teams in a game had 100 points heading into the fourth quarter. 

No bench player scored more than seven points for the Suns. 

The Jazz shot an incredible 51.6% from three-point land, sinking 16-of-31 shots. They made 56% of shots from the field in their win on home court. Utah was propelled by Lauri Markkanen's 38 points. 

With just over seven minutes remaining, Phoenix took their first lead of the game. The two squads would then exchange buckets all the way down to the final seconds.

With 4.8 seconds remaining, Monty Williams called a timeout trailing by three to set up one final play. A failed three-pointer by Damion Lee would fall into the hands of Booker, who put up a last-second two-pointer to draw the score within one as the buzzer sounded. 

Phoenix returns home to the Footprint Center to host the New York Knicks on Sunday. They've lost their last four-of-six games. 

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