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Despite Monster 4th Quarter From Booker, Mavs Top Suns

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In the aftermath of the Phoenix Suns’ 113-108 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, Suns coach Earl Watson listened intently to the question, before politely countering the assertion that perhaps Devin Booker was shouldering too much of the load.

Watson mentioned Booker is “on the verge of becoming a superstar.” Booker certainly showed as much in the loss to the Mavericks, scoring 28 of his game-high 39 points in the fourth quarter. Booker’s scoring output ranks as the most in any quarter in Suns franchise history. Still, it wasn’t enough.

Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN

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Bulls’ Kris Dunn in Concussion Protocol After Hard Fall

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Point guard Kris Dunn was re-evaluated for concussion symptoms and has been placed in the NBA concussion protocol, the Chicago Bulls announced Thursday.

Dunn will be out indefinitely and will not travel with the Bulls to Atlanta for their Saturday game. Dunn took a hard fall late in Wednesday night’s 119-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors, landing face first after a dunk.

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Arron Afflalo Suspended Two Games for Throwing Punch

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The NBA has suspended Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo for two games for throwing a punch at Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica on Wednesday night, the league announced Thursday.

Afflalo will forfeit $32,119 in salary for the two games, at Cleveland on Thursday and at Boston on Sunday.

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LeBron James, Steph Curry Selected as All-Star Team Captains

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry led All-Star voting in their respective conferences and will serve as the captains for the All-Star Game next month.

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Boston’s Kyrie Irving and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan were also selected as starters from the Eastern Conference.

Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

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