Phoenix’s Devin Booker shoots over Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the second half Sunday in Oklahoma City. Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY —  The M-V-P chants rained down on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as he hit two critical free throws with 10 seconds remaining to help the Oklahoma City Thunder hold off the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

The All-Star scored 40 points in Oklahoma City’s 124-120 victory.

The Thunder have won 4 of 5 as they push for at least a play-in spot. Oklahoma City has missed the playoffs the past two years, but a postseason slot is within reach. The players said the crowd at the Paycom Center shared their sense of urgency.

“We had a home-court advantage for sure,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “They were energetic. They were their usual selves. It was a big game tonight, and it felt like it.”

Gilgeous-Alexander made 12 of 24 field goals and 16 of 19 free throws. He made all 11 of his free throws in the second half after not shooting any in the second quarter.

Luguentz Dort added 20 points for the Thunder, who trailed by 15 in the first half.


Devin Booker scored 46 points and Chris Paul added 14 points and 13 assists for the Suns.

BUCKS 118, RAPTORS 111: Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, Brook Lopez scored 17 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, and Milwaukee rallied to beat visiting Toronto.

Khris Middleton added 20 points and Bobby Portis had 14 as the Bucks improved to an NBA-best 51-20. Antetokounmpo had his 33rd career triple-double.

NUGGETS 108, NETS 102: Nikola Jokic had 22 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in his 28th triple-double of the season, Michael Porter Jr. had 28 points and nine rebounds, and visiting Denver beat Brooklyn.

Jamal Murray scored 20 of his 25 points in the first quarter for the Nuggets, who looked nothing like the slumping team that had dropped five of six. Denver shot 62.5% in the first half and led comfortably most of the game while playing for the second straight afternoon.

SPURS 126, HAWKS 118: Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell had 29 points each and San Antonio rallied from a 24-point deficit to beat visiting Atlanta, spoiling Dejounte Murray’s homecoming.


Murray had 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds in his first game in San Antonio since being traded to Atlanta in the offseason.

Zach Collins added 19 points for the Spurs, who snapped a two-game skid.

PELICANS 117, ROCKETS 107: Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum each added 26 points and New Orleans  won at Houston.

McCollum had 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting in the first half as the Pelicans built a 64-44 halftime lead.

HEAT 112, PISTONS 100: Tyler Herro scored 10 of his 19 points in the final 3:20 and Miami rallied to win at Detroit.

Miami improved to 39-34, one game behind the Brooklyn Nets for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat host the Nets on Saturday.

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