Suns turn away late Hawks rally for a 117-110 victory

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Atlanta Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari (8) fouls Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in Phoenix. Phoenix won 117-110. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

PHOENIX – Devin Booker scored 21 points, Dario Saric added 20 and the Phoenix Suns held on in the final minutes to beat the Atlanta Hawks 117-110 on Tuesday night.

The Suns have won six of their past seven games, while the Hawks have dropped four of five. Phoenix's Jae Crowder added 19 points and made 5 of 8 of his 3-point attempts, including a huge one with 23 seconds left that sealed the win.

The late-game heroics were needed after the Suns let an early 16-point lead slowly slip away.

“Everybody wants a pretty win,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. "I just want to win. You have to take them any way you get them.”

Atlanta trailed for nearly the entire game until Trae Young made two free throws to tie it at 103-all with 3:31 remaining, but the Hawks could never get the lead. Deandre Ayton's putback after a Booker miss pushed the Suns ahead 111-108.

Crowder splashed home a 3-pointer — while getting fouled — and finished off the four-point play with a free throw to give Phoenix an insurmountable 115-108 advantage with 23 seconds left.

“We closed the game out,” Suns guard Chris Paul said “But we shouldn't have been in that situation.”

Ayton finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Paul had 12 points and eight assists. Crowder had his stellar shooting night after making just 2 of 18 3-pointers over his previous two games.