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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker scores 32 in return from injury staff reports

The Phoenix Suns’ leading scorer is back after a nine-game absence.

Devin Booker, who is averaging 24.3 points per game, made his return Tuesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies after suffering a left adductor strain on Dec. 5. The third-year guard showed no signs of rust, amassing 32 points, six assists and five rebounds in 34 minutes of play in Phoenix’s dramatic 99-97 win.

Phoenix had gone 3-6 in his absence, relying on fourth-year forward TJ Warren (19.1 ppg) and a productive bench group led by fifth-year center Alex Len (9.9 ppg, 9.2 rpg) and veteran sharp-shooter Troy Daniels. Booker’s return infuses that lineup with the franchise’s highest per-game scorer since Amar’e Stoudemire (25.2 ppg) in 2007-08.