After a Philadelphia 76ers game, Joel Embiid usually has a lot to say either to reporters or on social media. However, on December 4, Embiid was a bit silenced as they experienced a 115-101 defeat to the Phoenix Suns.

In a report by the Associated Press, Joel Embiid only had a few words once their game versus the Suns concluded. "Devin had quite a night. We took them lightly and we paid for it," the Cameroonian big man said.

Indeed, rising star Devin Booker had "quite a night" as he exploded for a season-high 46 points to help the Suns capture their ninth win this season.

Booker also had eight rebounds, one assist, two steals, and a block in nearly 40 minutes on the hardwood.

Booker shared his thoughts as well following the Suns win. According to the 21-year-old, he still has a lot to "work on," though he is willing to do everything just for his team to make it to the playoffs. As of this moment, there is work to be done if Booker and the Suns aim to end their postseason drought. But their success against the 76ers is an excellent start toward achieving that goal.

Team leaders

Devin Booker had some help in the Phoenix Suns' triumph over the Philadelphia 76ers. TJ Warren stepped up as well for Phoenix with 25 points, eight rebounds, three dimes, and two steals. Starting point guard Tyler Ulis completed a double-double performance with 12 points and 12 assists.

For the 76ers, all starters finished in double figures. Veteran shooter J.J. Redick led the way with 25 points. Joel Embiid followed Redick with 22 points, and he also grabbed 12 boards. Ben Simmons, who was dealing with the flu, contributed 20 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and six steals. Dario Saric and Robert Covington added 10 points apiece.

Next games

Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns are closing a six-game road trip on December 5 when they visit the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Center. So far, Booker and the Suns are 2-3 for the trip. Phoenix currently holds a 9-16 record for the 11th spot in the Western Conference standings.

Meanwhile, Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers are set to end a three-game homestand on December 7 when they host the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.

Embiid and the 76ers easily beat the Lakers when they first met back in November. Despite failing to go on a significant winning run, Philadelphia remains a top team in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers are fifth in the East with their 13-10 record.