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Blizzard, winter storm warnings issued. Monster Blizzard to N.J. bury in up to 18 inches of snow.

Almost all of New Jersey is under a blizzard or winter storm warning, with a severe snowstorm expected to batter the state beginning today and into Saturday. (Author: Gardener)

winterWeather: Blizzard, winter storm warnings issued. Monster blizzard set to bury state in up to 18 inches of snow. The National Weather Service has issued snowstorm warnings and winter storm alerts or clocks for all of New Jersey, with a monster snowstorm expected to bury parts of the state with up to 18 inches of snow. UPDATE: NJ declares a State of Emergency for Heavy Snowstorm with snowstorm conditions through May 18 inch of snow. A snowstorm warning has been issued for the five counties along the Jersey shore and winter storm warnings have been updated for nearly the entire state for a monster snowstorm New Jersey is expected to experience up to 18 inches of snow beginning tonight with widespread totals between 4 inches and a foot is slammed. The blizzard advisory, which indicates a dangerous combination of high winds, blowing snow and low visibility, includes Atlantic, Cape May, East Counties Burlington, Monmouth and Ocean. The rest of the state (with the exception of Sussex and Warren) faced a winter storm warning. Phil Murphy has scheduled a briefing on the storm at 11:30 am. A state of emergency has not yet been declared. The National Weather Service has issued snowstorm warnings and winter storm warnings or clocks for all of New Jersey, with a monster snowstorm expected to cover parts of the state with up to 18 inches of snow. Light snow is already falling in northern New Jersey as a harbinger of tonight's main event. Snow is expected to fall by 7pm in South Jersey, when all warnings take effect, and later on Friday night in Central and North Jersey. Snow and gusty winds, which can reach 80 km/h, are expected to continue into Saturday afternoon. Counties of Warren and Sussex are subject to a winter weather warning until 3pm. Saturday. The remaining warnings last until 7 p.m. Saturday. The National Weather Service's snowfall forecasts as of 3:06 a.m. Friday, January 28, 2022. The National Weather Service's map The Jersey Shore and southeastern Burlington County are expected to get 8 to 15 inches of snow as wind gusts reach 50 mph up up to 18 inches are possible. Blizzard conditions are most likely a few miles from shore from late Friday night to around noon Saturday, the weather service said. Power outages are also possible. According to the Weather Service's technical definition, a snowstorm must have all of these conditions for a period of three hours or more: falling and/or driving snow, sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or stronger, and visibility is often reduced to a quarter of a mile or less . The National Weather Service has issued snowstorm warnings and winter storm alerts or clocks for all of New Jersey, with a monster snowstorm expected to bury parts of the state with up to 18 inches of snow. Here's the forecast elsewhere in the Garden State, according to the weather service. Camden, Gloucester, Middlesex, Mercer, Northwest Burlington, Salem and Somerset: 4 to 11 inch accumulation with wind gusts up to 35 mph. Bergen, Essex, Union and Eastern Passaic: 4 to 7 inch with wind gusts up to 40 mph. Hudson: 6 to 9 inches and maximum gusts of 45 mphMorris and Hunterdon: 3 to 6 inches with gusts of up to 35 mphWest Passaic: 4 to 6 inches and gusts of up to 35 mph Sussex and Warren: 2 to 4 inches with peak gusts of up to 40 mph The National Weather Service has issued snowstorm warnings and winter storm warnings or warnings for all of New Jersey with a monster snowstorm expected to bury parts of the state with up to 18 inches of snow. AccuWeather.com is still calling for 6 to 12 inches for most of New Jersey with lesser amounts further north and west. Once the snow starts to pick up, wind is the big concern with cold readings falling below zero on Saturday night and Sunday. Sunday will be sunny but cold - high temperatures will be below freezing. Sunday night and Monday night will be downright cold with lows falling into single digits Sunday night through Monday in northwestern New Jersey.

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Digital ID Regtech Veriff closes mega round and plans Metaverse as growth vector

Estonia-based digital ID regtech Veriff has raised a $100 million Series C with a valuation of $1.5 billion after a stellar year of growth. (Author: Gardener)

DigitalInsider Intelligence publishes hundreds of fintech industry insights, charts and forecasts. The news: Estonia-based digital ID regtech Veriff has landed a $100M Series C at a $1.5B valuation after a stellar year of growth. More on Veriff: Regtech's AI-powered video solutions capitalize on rising interest from financial institutions (FIs) in financial crime protection, leading to strong customer growth in 2021, particularly in the US. Digital account openings in the US rose 32.3% in 2021 as the pandemic forced customers online. And financial crime increased as nefarious actors jumped at the opportunity: Identity fraud increased by 109% in late 2020 and early 2021, according to TransUnion.FIs Rising to the challenge: Nearly 80% of North American FIs said they were investing in fighting financial crime increased in 2021, according to Compliance Week. This has been a boon for digital ID regtechs like Veriff, which reported a staggering 150% customer growth in 2021. According to Veriff, its video-based identity verification solution is more accurate against fraud than image-based solutions used by its competitors such as Onfido. Players may find it harder to stand out in the future. Several digital ID regtechs have made mega rounds over the past year, including Socure and Trulioo. We do not expect investor interest to wane as financial crime will remain a thorn in the side of FIs for the foreseeable future. This demand has supported multiple players who have gained global reach through similar offerings. But regtechs might find it harder to differentiate their offerings. Digital ID regtechs must focus on new growth areas to sustain their growth numbers as consumer interest in the 3D virtual world increases. This could bring new business from FIs operating in the burgeoning space, particularly crypto firms facilitating payments. Would you like to read more stories like this? How to get access: Join other Insider Intelligence clients as they receive fintech forecasts, briefings, charts and research reports in their inboxes every day. >> Search our coverage Current subscribers can access Insider Intelligence's entire content archive here. Sign up for notifications from Insiders! Stay up to date with what you want to know. Get a daily newsletter packed with financial services data, insights and analysis from the Insider Intelligence team. Sign up for II Daily. By clicking "Sign Up," you agree to be contacted by Insider Inc. and to receive emails from Insider Intelligence and eMarketer (e.g., FYIs, partner content, webinars, and other offers) and accept our Terms of Service and

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Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Phoenix Suns live score and stats

Get real-time NBA basketball coverage and scores as the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Phoenix Suns. We bring you the latest game previews, live stats and recaps on CBSSports.com (Author: Gardener)

MinnesotaSuns seek ninth straight win as they host Timberwolves The Phoenix Suns will seek their ninth straight win on Friday night as they host the Minnesota Timberwolves. Phoenix clinched a 105-97 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, marking the team's eighth straight win. Phoenix has the best record in the NBA and is aiming for a run at the NBA championship after narrowly failing in the NBA Finals last season. Veteran point guard Chris Paul is determined to help the Suns reach their goal, but for now he's focused on the short-term view. Paul averages 14.5 points and 10.1 assists while shooting 48.7 percent. Just make sure the team is ready and put people in the right places. “He kind of puts the defense in a tough spot. He makes it difficult for defense.” So does Booker, who leads the team with 25 points per game. Deandre Ayton is second on the goalscoring list with 16.8 points and 10.6 rebounds. The Suns face a Timberwolves team on a brief hiatus after a 124-115 loss at the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 31 points and 12 rebounds, and Anthony Edwards finished the tournament with 27 points and six rebounds and six assists. But Minnesota couldn't find a way to slow down Golden State, which was led by Stephen Curry by 29 points. Edwards thrived as a sophomore in Minnesota. He has convinced coaches and teammates that they think he can establish himself as a top player in the league. "He has that mentality," said Timberwolves manager Chris Finch. “He believes he can win every fight, every game, every duel. His teammates love him and they not only love him for how he plays but for who he is as a player because he's real." The Timberwolves will be hoping for a comeback from point guard D'Angelo Russell, who played at 3 -on-10 shooting against Golden State scored eight points. This is the second of three games between the Timberwolves and the Suns this season. In their first matchup on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis, the Suns held on to a 99-96 win. The third and final meeting of the season is scheduled for March 23 at the Timberwolves' home pitch. Phoenix is ​​19-5 at home this season.

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Deandre Ayton's status Timberwolves-Suns game

Deandre Ayton has been ruled out for Friday's game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Phoenix Suns in Arizona. (Author: Gardener)

Deandre Ayton'sThe Phoenix Suns host the Minnesota Timberwolves in Arizona on Friday night and they will be without their starting center for the game. The Suns come into the game as the best team in the NBA and have a record of 38-9, which is good for the top spot in the Western Conference. After reaching the NBA Finals last season, they are among the contenders for a title again this season. The Timberwolves came off a loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night and are the eighth seed in the West at 24-24. * DEROZAN TAKES ON JORDAN ON A LIST FOR THE BULLS: DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls were on track to start the new season as the top teams in the Eastern Conference. A four-time All-Star in his first season in Chicago, DeRozan passed Hall of Famer Michael Jordan on a franchise-record list. * STEPH AND THE WARRIORS ARE ON FIRE: The Golden State Warriors haven't made the playoffs in two seasons, but that looks set to change this season. They're excited to start the season under the guidance of superstar guard Steph Curry and have one of the best records in the entire NBA.

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Booker leads the Suns past Jazz 105-97 for an 8th straight win

Devin Booker had 43 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, Chris Paul had 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and the Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to eight with a 105-97 win over the Utah Jazz (Author: Gardener)

BookerDevin Booker had 43 points and set a career-high with 12 rebounds, Chris Paul had 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to eight with a 105-97 win over the Utah Jazz Devin Booker had 43 points and tied with 12 rebounds a career high, Chris Paul notched 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to eight with a 105-97 win over Utah Jazz Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives around the Utah Jazz Center Hassan Whiteside (21) gestures in the second half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, January 26, 2022, in Salt Lake City. Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives around Utah Jazz center Hassan Whiteside (21) in the second half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Salt Lake City. SALT LAKE CITY — When Chris Paul joined the Phoenix Suns from a trade to Devin Booker last season, it wasn't always easy to decide who would be the finisher when games got close. Like Wednesday night when Booker three-quarters tanked the Suns and Paul sealed the deal. Booker had 43 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, Paul had 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and the Suns extended their winning streak to eight with a 105-97 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. "It's a good feeling now, but it came with a learning curve," Booker said. Booker paced the Suns through three quarters but didn't get a shot in the fourth until he missed a runner at 3:45. Paul took over the offensive burden with his middle-class jumpers and drove to the basket. "You only build that trust by playing games together, close games like that," Paul said. The Jazz was down 98-94 when Hassan Whiteside committed an offensive foul and a technical. Booker made two technical jumps around a jumper who hit the shot clock to give the Suns the cushion they needed. Playing without Donovan Mitchell (concussion) and Rudy Gobert (left calf strain), the Jazz got a boost from Jordan Clarkson, who scored 16 of his team-best 26 points in the fourth quarter. Whiteside had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Mike Conley also had 16 points and added 10 assists for the Jazz, who lost their ninth game of their last 11. “We're playing without Rudy and Donovan right now. This is about consistently engaging in the things that allow you to (grow)," Utah coach Quin Snyder said of his team's fickle efforts. The Suns were also missing two starters in Jae Crowder (wrist) and Deandre Ayton (ankle), but Bismack Biyombo had 12 points in his first start of the season. He said it was just "a gut feeling" to choose Phoenix when he had suitors trying to bring him back to the NBA, but playing with Paul and Booker made the choice easy for him. These guys have a will," Biyombo said. Early on, the Suns passed and passed the Jazz, turning turnovers and misses into easy transition points. Booker outscored the Jazz with 21 points in the first quarter and the Suns blocked five shots on their way to a 39-18 lead after a third. "Chris can read the game, and when Book gets that up and running he usually goes to sets where he can put him in catch-shoot environments," said Phoenix coach Monty Williams. "But when he's in that groove, I think our team feeds on it." Booker had 26 points in the first half -- a season high for the Suns -- but in the second period they went 5 for 17 points combined. On Monday, it took him 35 field goal attempts to score 33 points, but this time he was far more efficient, playing 16 for 28 and adding nine free throws. Booker became the Suns' career leader in games that scored 40 or more points with 16 points. "I don't take those moments for granted," Booker said. The Suns' senior defense frustrated the Jazz until Clarkson started taking some outside shots. Losses notwithstanding, I think we're moving in the right direction to stay connected," said Conley, despite Utah's worst stretch of the season. The same teams played a tight Monday, with Phoenix beating an extremely undermanned Jazz Team, 115-109 The most recent release for the NBA All-Star voting charts showed Booker ranked fifth among guards in the Western Conference "So many guys get so many more votes than he does — it's ridiculous," said Williams, "If you look at what he's been up to not just lately but all season and the wins we've got, you know he should be a starter on the All-Star team. Tonight was one of those games where I think he proved that point.” Booker, hearing chants of “MVP!” from the Utah crowd, says he's no longer worried about votes and I'm letting the political and media popula calculate yourself," Booker said. Booker got a technical foul in the second quarter. The Suns beat the Jazz 22-3 on fast break points and scored 22 points shy of Utah's turnovers of 14. Jazz: Bogdanovic, frustrated with a scoreless first quarter with two turnovers, threw the splint protecting his left ring finger laceration , but had them back on. He returned in the second quarter. Trent Forrest twisted his ankle after making a twisted baseline jump in the fourth quarter. The Jazz led by two points only once in the game.

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Watch The Last Emperor with Russian teammates on the Phoenix Suns floor

Bellator heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko had a shootout with his teammates at the Footprint Center, home of the NBA's Phoenix Suns. (Author: Gardener)

Phoenix SunsPHOENIX - For years, Fedor Ememlianenko was considered by many to be the greatest man to ever make it in an MMA cage. But what about the basketball court? On Thursday, Emelianenko accompanied student and interim Bellator Heavyweight Champion Valentin Moldavsky to an open workout at the Footprint Center, home of the NBA's Phoenix Suns. The mats covered part of the court but both tires were exposed. Emelianenko, Moldavsky and their teammate Anatoly Tokov were handed some basketballs - and showed their best shots. Emelianenko, known for his neutral expression and nonchalant personality, laughed and made facial expressions as he struggled to get the ball in the basket. Bellator 273 takes place at the Footprint Center on Saturday. The main card will air on Showtime after the prelims on MMA Junkie. The Main Event sees Moldavsky in a unification bout against undisputed champion Ryan Bader.

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Suns coach Monty Williams, player happy GM James Jones gets contract extension

Sun's head coach Monty Williams, point guard Chris Paul and forward Cam Johnson praised GM James Jones' contract extension. (Author: Gardener)

Monty WilliamsSALT LAKE CITY — Chris Paul first saw James Jones as a player. As such, the Suns' veteran point guard was thrilled when Jones received a multi-year contract extension. "I'm so happy for him, he deserves it," said Paul. James is like part of my family. I think he deserves it, I'm happy for him and he should be in this league for a long time, whatever managerial position he wants.” Jones was in Phoenix in the final year of his original three-year contract. "It's really cool to see he deserves it," said Suns forward Cam Johnson. Jones was the Suns interim GM for the 2018-19 season when he replaced Ryan McDonough. Suns team owner Robert Sarver removed Jones' Interim tag after the 2018-19 season, which ended with the team having its second-worst season in franchise history at 19-63.Since then, Phoenix has gone 89-30 when Jones won the league's Executive of the Year award last season "I'm happy for him," said Suns coach Monty Williams Hiring Williams after the 2018-19 season, acting for Paul and drafting Johnson are three of the many steps Jones has taken to assemble a team that has the NBA's best record this season after reaching the NBA Finals last year."The decisions he's made, the culture he's established has certainly got us positioned to where we are," continued Williams continued. I'm glad in this posit To be able to work with him and coach the guys that I get to coach, but starting with James was just great for the city of Phoenix," Williams added. “Great for the organization. You have to do a lot of groundwork and fundamental principles before you make the decision to bring in a doofus coach like me and change the roster the way he did. This part is a great reward for a lot of work.” Do you have any thoughts on the current state of the Suns? Reach Sun Insider Duane Rankin at [email protected] or contact him at 480-787-1240.

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Back Phoenix as short road favorite

After a scare against the undermanned Jazz on Monday, is it a good idea to put the points on the road with Phoenix? Kenny Ducey is ready for it. (Author: Gardener)

MondayThings couldn't be better for the Phoenix Suns right now, going into Wednesday night's matchup on a seven-game winning streak. They travel to Utah to meet the Jazz, who fell sharply last month with a 4-9 record in January. After seven straight wins, Phoenix is ​​now 37-9 overall, although it's still only 25-21 against the spread. While the Suns have beaten many high-profile opponents this season, they may be slightly overrated here after the last run. The Suns have covered that seven-game winning streak four times, but not in the last two. The last game was against the same Jazz team when they won a game by six points in which they were favorites by 12.5 points. The win over the Jazz was also only the second quality win in this miniature winning streak after a win over the Mavericks just under a week ago. Phoenix ranks in the top five in both offensive and defensive efficiency and sixth in rebound rate. Speaking of injuries, that's the biggest thing that works here against Phoenix. The Suns have Bismack Biyombo in the middle after JaVale McGee went down with left knee pain and they will also be without Jae Crowder, Frank Kaminsky and Cam Payne in that event. While the Jazz is dealing with its own injuries, this list helps this game pull a little toward center. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell are staying out for this team, which is going to make life incredibly difficult. This duo is one of the best two-man lineups in basketball, posting a 14.6 net rating in 751 minutes in 36 games. Utah's offensive rating sits at a staggering 119.8 these minutes. In the four games since Mitchell went down with a concussion, Utah has ranked 13th in offensive scoring with 112.8 points per 100 possessions. That's a pretty big drop from the top-10 offense we still saw from Utah in January, even if the team is struggling. The Jazz are now 4-9 in 2022, covering in just four games. One of them was in Phoenix earlier this week, where they managed to withstand a 33-point breakout from Devin Booker and a 27-point near triple-double from Chris Paul and actually took the lead heading into the fourth quarter keep. Utah was also overtaken 51-38 as they continue to struggle without Rudy Gobert. The Jazz will need another strong performance on the rim on Wednesday to cover it. I think the books got it right in making the Suns double-digit favorites against Utah. Despite being shorthanded going forward, the Suns should be able to capitalize on the loss of Rudy Gobert, just like they did in the last game. Biyombo had a whopping 16 points and 13 rebounds in this instance, and McGee was used sparingly. With Booker, Paul and Cam Johnson getting everything they wanted, it was too much for jazz. Utah has been in a deep hole without Gobert this season, and losing the offense Mitchell can offer hurts even more. My expectation is that the Suns remain strong as street favorites, winning the fight low and continuing to get contributions from their elite scorers against a depleted defense.

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What went wrong in the dying minutes of the Jazz loss to the Suns?

Three manageable blunders in the fourth quarter dashed Jazz's comeback hopes. (Author: Gardener)

SunsUtah Jazz center Hassan Whiteside (21) battles for a rebound while Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) works behind as the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns head into Vivint Arena Wednesday, January 26 in Salt Lake City Play NBA basketball game. 2022. They had nearly erased a 21-point deficit in the first quarter and were crawling to within two points of the Phoenix Suns with three minutes remaining on Wednesday night. But less than two minutes later, the game was out of reach again and the Suns had built up a seven-point lead. Ultimately, the Suns would win 105-97 and exit Vivint Arena after winning eight straight games. The Suns called a time-out after a Hassan Whiteside dunk took the Jazz to two points, with the Suns leading 94-92. After the time out, the Jazz played a really good defense, resulting in Jalen Smith taking a middle distance jumper. That's great. But then the Jazz allowed Mikal Bridges to get away with an offensive rebound. The Jazz are in a good position when the shot goes up. But Bojan Bogdanovic is caught watching the ball instead of making sure he's boxing bridges. Devin Booker eventually ends up with the ball in his hands and drives to the center of the floor and hits a hard, contested shot. However, that is not the point. Booker should never have had a chance to fire that shot because the Jazz shouldn't have allowed that offensive board. In the subsequent offensive ball, the Jazz score again, but then this move occurs. Mike Conley follows Chris Paul to the right and is then caught on a Smith screen walking the other way. Conley and Whiteside seem pretty good at switching games and Conley is in good position against Smith. But Whiteside somehow gets into no man's land against Paul. Concerns about Paul Smith's praise are valid, but Whiteside has a decision to make. It's the fourth quarter and Chris Paul has the ball. Instead of just pointing and then putting his hand down, Whiteside should have fought to the fullest. The Jazz get the ball and Conley is close to scoring and maybe even getting an and-1 chance, but Whiteside commits an obvious offensive foul. Whiteside could position himself to see Conley coming his way but he clearly pushes Smith and so hard that Bogdanovic falls over. "The guy just jumped in front of me and fell," Whiteside said. Whiteside told the officials that and they gave him a technical foul. Booker hits the technical foul free throw and then hits another jumper in the next game. Leading Suns, 101-94. Leading Suns, 101-94. Leading Suns, 101-94. From that point on, the Jazz had to foul to try to play the free throw counts, but the game was already over. Snyder emphasized that the Jazz allowed Booker to score 21 points in the first quarter and that the Jazz had lost 21 points in the first quarter. But when the Jazz had a chance after fighting their way back into the game, it was a few small mistakes that let them down in the end.

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Booker leads the Suns past Jazz 105-97 for an 8th straight win

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - When Chris Paul, after a... (Author: Gardener)

BookerPhoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives around Utah Jazz center Hassan Whiteside (21) in the second half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Salt Lake City. Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) reacts after scoring against the Utah Jazz in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Salt Lake City. Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) defends against Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Salt Lake City. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, right, screams off the bench in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Wednesday, January 26, 2022, in Salt Lake City. Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots while Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale (23) defends in the second half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Salt Lake City. Utah Jazz guard Joe Ingles (2) argues with an official during the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Wednesday, January 26, 2022, in Salt Lake City. Phoenix Suns center Bismack Biyombo (18) defends while Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (11) goes to the basket in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Salt Lake City. Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) reacts as he walks off in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Salt Lake City. Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) shoots while Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Salt Lake City. Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson during the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Salt Lake City. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- When Chris Paul joined the Phoenix Suns after a trade to Devin Booker last season, it wasn't always easy to decide who would be the finisher when games got close. Like Wednesday night when Booker three-quarters tanked the Suns and Paul sealed the deal. Booker had 43 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, Paul had 15 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and the Suns extended their winning streak to eight with a 105-97 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. "It's a good feeling now, but it came with a learning curve," Booker said. Booker paced the Suns through three quarters but didn't get a shot in the fourth until he missed a runner at 3:45. "You only build that trust by playing games together, close games like that," Paul said. The Jazz was down 98-94 when Hassan Whiteside committed an offensive foul and a technical. Booker made two technical jumps around a jumper who hit the shot clock to give the Suns the cushion they needed. Playing without Donovan Mitchell (concussion) and Rudy Gobert (left calf strain), the Jazz got a boost from Jordan Clarkson, who scored 16 of his team-best 26 points in the fourth quarter. Whiteside had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Mike Conley also had 16 points and added 10 assists for the Jazz, who lost their ninth game of their last 11. “We're playing without Rudy and Donovan right now. This is about consistently engaging in the things that allow you to (grow)," Utah coach Quin Snyder said of his team's fickle efforts. The Suns were also missing two starters in Jae Crowder (wrist) and Deandre Ayton (ankle), but Bismack Biyombo had 12 points in his first start of the season. He said it was just "a gut feeling" to choose Phoenix when he had suitors trying to bring him back to the NBA, but playing with Paul and Booker made the choice easy for him. These guys have a will," Biyombo said. Early on, the Suns passed and passed the Jazz, turning turnovers and misses into easy transition points. Booker outscored the Jazz with 21 points in the first quarter and the Suns blocked five shots on their way to a 39-18 lead after a third. "Chris can read the game, and when Book gets that up and running he usually goes to sets where he can put him in catch-shoot environments," said Phoenix coach Monty Williams. "But when he's in that groove, I think our team feeds on it." Booker had 26 points in the first half -- a season high for the Suns -- but in the second period they went 5 for 17 points combined. On Monday, it took him 35 field goal attempts to score 33 points, but this time he was far more efficient, playing 16 for 28 and adding nine free throws. Booker became the Suns' career leader in games that scored 40 or more points with 16 points. "I don't take those moments for granted," Booker said. The Suns' senior defense frustrated the Jazz until Clarkson started taking some outside shots. Losses notwithstanding, I think we're moving in the right direction to stay connected," said Conley, despite Utah's worst stretch of the season. The same teams played a tight Monday, with Phoenix beating an extremely undermanned Jazz Team, 115-109 Conley, Ingles, Bojan Bogdanovic and Royce O'Neale sat out in Phoenix but returned for Wednesday's rematch The most recent release for the NBA All-Star voting charts showed Booker fifth among the Guards in the Western Conference."So many guys get so many more votes than he does — it's ridiculous," Williams said. "When you look at what he's been doing not just lately but all season, and the Wins we have you know he should be a starter on the all star team tonight was one of those games where I think he proved that point." Booker, who chants of "MVP!" heard. from the Utah crowd, says he's not worried about votes anymore and I'll let the political and media popularity contest calculate themselves," Booker said. Booker received a technical foul in the second quarter. The Suns pitched the Jazz 22-3 fast-break points and scored 22 points from Utah's turnovers of 14. The Jazz led by two points only once in the game.

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