PHOENIX -- The Suns' chances of winning increase exponentially when Devin Booker plays.
Booker made two contested jump shots in the final half-minute of a 102-100 victory over Memphis on Sunday, including the game-winner with 1.7 seconds remaining as the Suns broke a seven-game losing streak. Three of those losses came when Booker was out with a strained left hamstring.
The Suns (2-7) will attempt to win two in a row for the first time this season against Brooklyn (4-6) on Tuesday.
D'Angelo Russell and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 21 points apiece and leading scorer Caris LeVert had 20 for the Nets in a 122-97 blowout of Philadelphia on Sunday, when they converted 28 turnovers into 39 points. They had lost four of five.
The Nets have used the same starting five -- LeVert, Russell, Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen and two-time former Sun Jared Dudley -- in each of their first 10 games.
Russell seemed re-energized against the 76ers on Sunday, the final game of a three-game homestand. The Nets, 1-4 on the road, open a four-game swing in Phoenix and will finish with stops in Denver, Golden State and Minnesota.
Russell had nine points and three assists in the third quarter, when the Nets had 41 points as part of a 71-50 second half burst that enabled coach Kenny Atkinson to rest some of his starters.
Hollis-Jefferson had a season-high 21 points, six rebounds and five assists in a season-high 30 minutes. He missed the first three games of the season after suffering an adductor strain in a charity event in China in early August.
"I think having Rondae back in the lineup helps a little bit," Atkinson said of his defense. "Getting more active players. I think generally, we went from a low-activity game against the Rockets (a 119-111 loss on Friday) to we were just much more active." >> Read more
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