Phoenix Suns protects Devin Booker reacts after playing against the Portland Trail in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore Blazers met., Monday, December 30, 2019. The suns won 122-116. (AP Photo / Craig Mitchelldyer)
PORTLAND, Oregon – Devin Booker scored 33 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. had 29 and the Phoenix Suns rallied past Portland Trail Blazers 122-116 on Monday night.
After a gap of 19, the Suns roared back to win their second game in a row and Portland suffered their fourth consecutive defeat.
A 3-pointer from Oubre put Phoenix in the lead with a lead of 43.8 seconds, 120-114. After the shot, Oubre blew kisses at the crowd of blazers.
Ricky Rubio added 18 points and 13 templates for the suns.
Damian Lillard had 33 points and CJ McCollum scored 25 for Portland. Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 22 rebounds.
Lillard's four-point game gave the blazers a 4:37 lead in the first quarter. Lillard hit his first five 3's and scored 16 points in the opening phase.
Portland led 19 times, but Phoenix took the 8-0 lead and ended the first half 64:55. The blazers were 89-83 after three.
Oubre's 3-pointer reduced Portland's lead by 3:31 to 108-107 and a tip-in by Deandre Ayton gave Phoenix the first lead since the first quarter with 2:48. The Booker jumper set Phoenix to 115-110.
A three-point game from Lillard shortened it to 1:13 to 115-113, but Booker replied with a left-handed layup to make it 117-113.
Lillards Layup reduced the Suns' lead to 120-116, and there were 38 seconds remaining.
Suns: After missing the last five games with an ankle injury, Ayton was in the lineup for the third time this season. Ayton was injured after a ban of 25 games. But after successive training sessions, the suns decided to let go of the former No. 1.
"It is only part of our season so far. We are only grateful to have him back. He made good progress with the treatment and training on the ground," said coach Monty Williams. "He has his butt in simulations worked out of games. He felt really good yesterday and this morning and after the shootaround. So we thought it best to get him out of there. We will of course look at his logs. "
Aron Baynes remained the starting center for Phoenix when Ayton left the bank.
Trail Blazers: Gary Trent Jr., the second-year wing, scored all eleven points in the first half, including three threes. Anfernee Simons also gave Portland a 12 point boost from the bank. … The blazers injured themselves on the forecourt when Skal Labissiere injured his right knee against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. The results of an MRI on labissiere were inconclusive, but the blazers excluded him for their upcoming five-game road trip. The blazers called the two-way player Moses Brown from the G-League. Portland coach Terry Stotts expects 3-point specialist Anthony Tolliver to play more in the middle, as the team can do without Jusuf Nurkic and the striker Zach Collins. "I think we need to rethink a few things because he can do something on both ends," said Stotts.
Suns: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday evening.
Trail Blazers: Wednesday night at the New York Knicks.
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