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NBA roundup: Phoenix Suns beat Denver Nuggets to secure top spot in Western Conference

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The Phoenix Suns were beaten by the Milwaukee Bucks in last year's NBA finals series
The Phoenix Suns were beaten by the Milwaukee Bucks in last year's NBA finals series
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Devin Booker scored a season-high 49 points as the Phoenix Suns beat the Denver Nuggets 140-130 to ensure they finish their division's top seeds.

Chris Paul had 17 points and 13 assists in his return to the Suns line-up after a 15-game injury absence.

A seventh-straight win means the defending Western Conference champions will go into the play-offs having topped their standings.

Meanwhile, defending NBA champions Milwaukee beat Washington 114-102.

Jrue Holiday scored 24 points and provided 10 assists as the Bucks, who are top of the Easter Conference Central standings, claimed a second victory in the three-game season series against the Wizards.

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With Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton sidelined, Grayson Allen crucially contributed 21 points - making seven of 10 shots, which included five three-pointers.

Elsewhere, Pascal Siakam scored 35 points as hosts Toronto overcame the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-104.

Siakam hit six of seven three-pointers, while OG Anunoby added 14 points in his return to the Raptors' line-up after missing 15 games with a broken finger.

Devonte' Graham scored a season-high 30 points and Jose Alvarado led a fourth-quarter blitz as New Orleans beat the Chicago Bulls 126-109.

Alvarado scored 11 of his 15 points and added two assists during a 21-7 run to start the fourth quarter, helping the Pelicans win for the third time in four games.