NBA Basketball

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Final-OT 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
Phoenix 30 29 31 24 20 134
Cleveland 24 29 35 26 4 118
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)00:0019:00 ET5:00 PM CT22:00 , May 4, 2021
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Suns continue drive for top seed, visit Cavs

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Phoenix Suns at Cleveland Cavaliers

  1. In the first meeting between these teams over the last two seasons, the Suns beat the Cavaliers on February 8, giving them consecutive wins over Cleveland for the first time since winning four straight from 2012-14. Phoenix last won in Cleveland on January 26, 2014 and last swept the Cavs in 2012-13.
  2. The Suns picked up their fourth straight win with a 123-120 win in Oklahoma City on Sunday, their first win there since 2010. Phoenix forced 15 turnovers while committing only 10 of their own in the win -- it is a league-best 22-6 (.786) when having a positive turnover margin this season.
  3. Cleveland fell to 1-9 in its last 10 and lost its sixth game in a row after a 124-107 defeat to Miami on Saturday. The Cavs scored a season-low 30 points in the paint in the loss while also tying a season-high with 20 three-pointers, their most in any loss in team history.
  4. Devin Booker had 31 points on Friday and 32 on Sunday, giving him 9218 for his career, passing Shaquille O'Neal's 9208 for the seventh most by any player prior to their 25th birthday in the last 50 years. The only two guards with more in that span are Kobe Bryant (10,658) and Tracy McGrady (10,420).
  5. Kevin Love had his first 20-point game of the year with 25 on Saturday, while also making a season-high seven threes. It was his 36th game as a Cav with five or more, tying J.R. Smith for the most all-time.
  6. The Suns rank second in the NBA in field-goal percentage this season at 48.9 percent (Nets -- 49.2), while the Cavs rank 28th in opponent field-goal percentage at 48.2 percent. Phoenix leads the league since the All-Star break at 49.5 percent.

The Phoenix Suns are trying to avoid any hiccups against upset-minded foes as they try to secure the top seed in the Western Conference.

The Suns narrowly escaped Oklahoma City with a 123-120 win on Sunday -- their fourth consecutive victory.

Phoenix (46-18) will take on another team out of contention on the road Tuesday night, visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-43), who have lost six consecutive games.

After facing Cleveland, the Suns close the regular season with a stretch against seven teams in position for the playoffs (top six each conference) or the play-in round (top 10). Six of Phoenix's final eight games are on the road.

The Suns entered Monday's games tied with the Utah Jazz at the top of the Western Conference.

"At this point in the season, you're trying to pile up wins," Suns guard Chris Paul said. "It wasn't our prettiest game; it wasn't the prettiest finish. We got the win and we're going to move on."

Paul continued to show what a valuable acquisition he has been for Phoenix, finishing with 18 points and 11 assists against his former team.

Devin Booker, the Suns' leading scorer with 25.6 points per game, had 32 points.

But Suns coach Monty Williams wasn't happy with his team's play down the stretch as Oklahoma City closed the game on a 17-4 run.

"It certainly wasn't the way we wanted to close out the game," Williams said. "We could have executed a lot better down the stretch."

The Cavaliers entered Monday's games on the brink of elimination and would miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season since LeBron James departed to Los Angeles.

"Living in the moment of being the underdog, that's when it's the most fun," Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "You can play freely, just scrap and leave it all on the floor."

Collin Sexton had 25 points and eight assists in a 124-107 loss at home to the surging Miami Heat on Saturday, and Cedi Osman had 15 points, a career-high 11 assists and seven rebounds.

Kevin Love bounced back after a subpar game against Washington to score a season-high 25 points and shot 9-for-14, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range.

Love called Friday's performance - when he didn't score in 22 minutes of a 122-93 home loss to the Washington Wizards -- "an absolute anomaly, so I wanted to come out and be super-aggressive."

The Cavaliers were without Darius Garland (sprained left ankle), Lamar Stevens (concussion) and Isaiah Hartenstein (concussion) against Miami. Matthew Dellavedova (neck), Taurean Prince (left ankle surgery), Larry Nance Jr. (fractured right thumb) and Dylan Windler (left knee surgery) are expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Phoenix's Jae Crowder (right ankle sprain) and Cameron Payne (left knee bruise) were out against Oklahoma City, and Abdel Nader (arthroscopic knee surgery) is out indefinitely.

The Suns won the first matchup of the season between the teams. Booker scored a game-high 36 points as Phoenix beat visiting Cleveland 119-113 on Feb. 8.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 3, 2021

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