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Suns rout Hornets 133-99

LaMelo Ball led Charlotte with 17 points.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Devin Booker scored 24 points, Jalen Smith tied a career high with 19 points and 12 rebounds and the short-handed Phoenix Suns hammered the Charlotte Hornets 133-99. 

The Hornets are now 19-18 on the year. 

LaMelo Ball had 17 points for the Hornets. Kelly Oubre Jr. came off the bench to score 15 while Ish Smith added 13 points and eight assists. Forward Miles Bridges also tallied in 10 points for the Charlotte. 

Chris Paul had 16 assists to help the Suns improve to 28-8 — a half-game behind Golden State for the NBA lead — after they lost three of their previous four. 

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The Suns got 11 points and six rebounds from Bismack Biyombo, who signed a 10-day contract Saturday with four Phoenix players in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, including starting center Deandre Ayton, starting forward Jae Crowder and backup center JaVale McGee. Coach Monty Williams also is out. Shamet added 17 points, and Mikal Bridges had 15. 

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The Hornets will be back in action on Monday, Jan. 3. against the Washington Wizards. 

The game is set to start at 7 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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