All-Star shooting guard Devin Booker returned from a stint on the COVID list to score 23 points, lifting the Suns to an impressive 111-90 road win over the Eastern Conference-leading Heat on Wednesday.
Booker had missed four games while in health and safety protocols, but said he felt fine and experienced no symptoms. He sure looked fine Wednesday, in all also compiling nine assists and eight rebounds.
The defending Western Conference champion Suns (53-13) have the best record in the NBA and became the first team to clinch a playoff berth.
“I told the guys it was one of the best defensive performances I’ve ever seen,” Williams said. “I’ve been around for a little bit.”
Phoenix avenged a 23-point loss to the Heat in January, and played with great determination.
“I’m sure they remembered that,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “They wanted to really make a statement tonight. They just outplayed us.”
“(The Suns) were first to the ball a lot,” Robinson said. “They were the aggressor. … Unacceptable.”