Suns star Devin Booker calls out Mavericks' Grant Williams for 'nonsense tactics'

Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks
Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks / Sam Hodde/GettyImages

The Phoenix Suns traveled to Dallas for another anticipated matchup between the two teams during NBA's Rivals Week. Ultimately, the Suns evened the season record, defeating the Mavericks 132-109.

The Dallas Mavericks got off to a fast start with Grant Williams and Dereck Lively II electrifying the offense early. After the Mavericks' hot start, tensions began to brew early between Suns players Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkic, and Grant Williams.

Suns star Devin Booker calls out Mavericks' Grant Williams for 'nonsense tactics'

This scuffle ignited the Mavericks' play on both sides of the floor for the first quarter. It also marks the third straight Mavs-Suns matchup where there was a scuffle during the game.

Both teams know the emotion that's carried with playing in this game, and regardless of the outcome, scuffles like these intensify the rivalry between the teams. It's no secret that Grant Williams likes to partake in the "beef" originated by Devin Booker and Luka Doncic.

After the previous matchup versus the Suns, it became clear that Devin Booker and Grant Williams aren't fans of each other. Both players received technical fouls during the Christmas Day scuffle.

Grant Williams was eventually ejected in Wednesday's game against the Suns due to calling out the ref, but Booker called out Williams himself after the game.

""I mean, I just saw the replay. I saw [Grant Williams] step over [Kevin Durant]. Just nonsense tactics, trying to get involved in the game in a way we don't. We're just out there trying to hoop and play the right way. All the silly stuff is just extra.""

Suns Guard Devin Booker

Booker finished the night with 46 points, and the Suns extended their win streak to seven, maintaining the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

The Mavericks did not have star guard Kyrie Irving in this matchup, but as the NBA trade deadline looms closer, the Mavs need to find some wins to pick up during this stretch. They currently sit in the eighth seed, and would currently be in the NBA Play-In Tournament.

The Suns and Mavericks will play their final matchup in February at the American Airlines Center. Mavs fans will hope for a different result, but the same chippy energy will be expected once again. For more updates on Grant Williams and the Dallas Mavericks, stay tuned.