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Thomas: Suns helping Booker chase numbers in losing cause was 'weird'

Thomas: Suns helping Booker chase numbers in losing cause was 'weird'
Published On: Sat, Mar 25
Mar 26, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) passes the ball by Phoenix Suns forward Mirza Teletovic (35) and guard Devin Booker (1) and forward Chase Budinger (10) during the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Celtics won 102-99. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

" Stacking wins on top of wins is the mindset of the Boston Celtics right now, so the players who did speak to the media following Fridays 130-120 win over Phoenix drove that point home emphatically.

But inside the locker room, it was unusually quiet, the kind of silence you expect following a loss.

Considering how the Celtics defense was absolutely thrashed by Devin Bookers franchise record 70 points, theres no question at a minimum the Celtics pride overall was stung.

And when Suns coach Earl Watson began calling time-outs and having his team commit fouls at the end of the game, theres no question it rubbed a few Celtics the wrong way.

I dont think anybody has ever seen that; continuing to call time-outs, continuing to foul when we are up 15. But I mean, it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him (Booker) the most points possible. Hat off to to him (Booker). He played a hell of a game.

Following the game, Watson defended his late-game decision making.

Calling time-outs at the end kept the game close, he said. Its basketball; Im not coming to any arena to be liked. If people dont like us while we build so what? Do something about it.

The Suns (22-51) never came any closer than 10 points, which was the final score margin.

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