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Booker carried off with groin injury in Suns loss to Raptors

Groin injury grounds Suns rising star Devin Booker for at least two to three weeks Booker carried off with groin injury in Suns loss to Raptors
Nellie Chapman | 06 December, 2017, 09:06

Only one night after scoring 46 points in a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker had to be carried off the floor by teammates after suffering an apparent groin injury late in the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors. "But we've got to look past this one and just head into the next one with a lot more energy and play hard again".

The Raptors entered the fourth quarter leading by 18 points. DeRozan matched his season high with eight assists. He has a strained left adductor and will be further evaluated when the team returns to Phoenix. But, as long as they stay healthy and make it to the postseason as a No. 3 or No. 4 seed, they'll have a shot to push either of those teams deep into a series.

Alex Len added 14 points and seven rebounds, and Troy Daniels and Josh Jackson each contributed 13 points for the Suns.

Monroe had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the tired Suns wrapped up a six-game, 10-day road trip with their seventh of 15 back-to-backs this season.

While the Sixers would get it close in the fourth, Booker decided he'd had enough with his team up 11 and a little over three minutes remaining. He finished 4 for 15 with 19 points, including 10 of 12 from the foul line.

DeRozan led the way with 12 points in the Raptors' red-hot third quarter. They're going to hit the sack tonight knowing they just ate a 126-113 loss at the hands of the Toronto Raptors, who also held them to zero offensive rebounds. The Suns had a 23-19 advantage in the quarter, ending a string of 12 straight games in which the Raptors had outscored the opposition in the second quarter.

The Suns, who've played on back-to-back nights seven times already this season, were coming off a 115-101 win at Philadelphia on Monday. Suns interim coach Jay Triano became the first Canadian to be an National Basketball Association head coach when he led the Raptors from 2008-2011.

The Suns will return home on Thursday to face the Washington Wizards at Talking Stick Resort Arena.