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NBA - US Sports: Booker desperate to go one better

Devin Booker says Phoenix Suns "don't want to fall short again" after confirming their playoff spot with a 111-90 win at Miami Heat.

The Suns are 17/4 to win the NBA Championship outright, while defending champions Milwaukee Bucks can be backed at 13/2.

Dominant in the West

Phoenix were the NBA's surprise package last season as they made it all the way through to the Finals Series but lost out 4-2 to the Bucks.

This season, the Suns have emerged as the dominant force in the Western Conference and they are the first team to guarantee a playoff spot with 16 games remaining as they boast a league-best 53-13 overall record.

Booker was expected to miss the trip to Miami but he was able to return after a four-game absence and the 25-year-old guard led the scoring with 23 points, alongside eight rebounds and nine assists.

"I'm just trying to find my rhythm," said Booker, via France 24. "I had a week off. I felt good. I was ready to get back at it."

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Heat on top in East

The Heat lead the way in the Eastern Conference and Wednesday's game was a potential Finals Series preview, although there are plenty of other teams still capable of mounting a serious challenge for the championship.

Miami claimed a 23-point win in Phoenix in January the last time these teams met and Booker says it was important his team made a "statement" of their own in Florida, and he has his sights set on the title after falling at the final hurdle last year.

He added: "The playoffs are upon us. We're looking forward to it. We don't want to fall short again."

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