Devin Booker
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Phoenix Suns dropped from the top of the NBA after their loss to the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. In the post-game presser, Devin Booker claimed the Suns needed a loss like that.

The Suns were not able to score in the last three minutes of the game as Otto Porter Jr. scored seven consecutive points to seal the deal for the Warriors for the final 116-107.

“We needed that. Take a loss like that in a high-intensity game because you don’t find many games like that throughout the season,” Devin Booker said on the Christmas Day playoff feeling.

“Jumping into the playoffs last year, that was my first experience. Whenever you can get any type of playoff-feel-like game during regular season, it’s beneficial for the team moving forward. We have some things to work on, and we have seen that tonight.”

Booker finished the contest with 13 points, shooting just 4-of-19 from the field. The Suns could not find Booker during the last few minutes. Since Jae Crowder cut the lead to 109-107 for Phoenix, Booker and co. could not convert and had one turnover and four missed shots.

In any case, the Suns still are one of the best teams in crunch time, however the Warriors’ defense was elite in the last five minutes of Saturday’s loss.

Now, the Suns will look to bounce back in the next game Monday against the pesky Memphis Grizzlies, who have the fourth-best record in the West.