Luka Doncic and Devin Booker got into a heated exchange during the Phoenix Suns’ 130-126 win over the Dallas Mavericks Sunday at the American Airlines Center. The back and forth erupted after Doncic missed a game tie layup with just 3.0 seconds remaining. Booker explained that the incident was just a heated moment among competitors after the game.

“You guys say you don’t want everybody to be friendly-friendly,” Booker said, as noted by AZCentral’s Duane Rankin. “There you go, we got some smoke … It’s just two competitors going at it. Everybody speaks on how friendly the NBA is right now and don’t like that. I have no problem with Luka on or off the court, but when we’re competing, we’re competing.” Booker finished the game with 36 points.

Luka Doncic & Devin Booker

DALLAS, TEXAS – DECEMBER 05: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks is guarded by Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns in the second half at American Airlines Center on December 05, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images).

Doncic said that he was annoyed Booker didn’t start trash-talking until the end. “It’s fine, it’s just a competitive game,” he said. “It’s all good. Just next time, don’t wait until there’s three seconds left to talk.” He finished with an inefficient 34 points, scoring on only 8-of-23 from the floor including 1-of-9 from 3-point range. Doncic also praised the Suns’ roster in general. “I mean, they’re incredible,” he said. “Those two guys are one of the best [duos] Book and KD are the two most popular players in the league. I love it. It’s competitive. I think today was a great game to watch.” Tim Hardaway Jr. also admitted “the bad blood is still there” between the Suns and the Mavs. Last season, the two teams met in round 2 of the playoffs.

The Mavericks currently rank 7th in the Western Conference standings while the Suns are 4th. The Suns have acquired superstar Kevin Durant Before the trade deadline, the Brooklyn Nets brought in Durant’s former Nets teammate, Kyrie Irving. The Mavs, on the other head, brought in Durant’s former Nets teammate, Kyrie Irving.

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