In Game 1 of the Western Conference Final, Devin Booker’s Suns won 120-114 against the Clippers at the end of a completely crazy meeting that sums up these playoffs perfectly. The Phoenix star has set the city floor on fire to deliver a rare spectacle to basketball fans around the world.
Extraordinary Devin Booker
Despite a discreet first half (only 11 points), Devin Booker totally ignited the Talking Stick Resort Arena with a historic triple double. In 44 minutes, the Suns star sent 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, a first for a Phoenix player in playoffs since Steve Nash in 2005. A crazy second half almost made us forget the absence of Chris Paul on this first game of the series. Both at creation and scoring, the 24-year-old point guard has been the backbone of the Suns’ success and absolutely reassures all fans of the Cactus franchise about his future. For his first playoffs and so his first conference final, Devin Booker shows he goes over the top of the pressure and that his game, his art, would always be on top.
This phenomenon was verified in the third quarter time where he connects 18 points but above all a memorable distance duel with Paul George. Everyone enters their shoots, each more incredible than the next. Booker takes the helm and wins his duel by scoring more points and winning the match. Little Devin Booker is already (very) tall.
A balanced match to the end
Despite this untenable Devin Booker, the match was close to the end. No team managed to break away from the score, so the attacks were murderous. Phoenix managed to take off late in the game with a ten-point advantage but was quickly caught by the Clippers. Despite such pressure, everyone responded in attack. Paul George fully assumes his role of leader since the injury of Kawhi Leonard by chaining the great performances. A new match at 34 points, this one in defeat, proves that Playoff P is now at the top level.
The benches were also very important, especially at the start of the match. A reborn DeMarcus Cousins caused a lot of trouble for the Suns in the second quarter with 11 points and 4 rebounds in five minutes. In the Suns, Cameron Johnson was very useful with his 12 points. This tactical point will have to be mastered to take an option on victory in the rest of the series.
A splendid match which behaves like an excellent showcase for basketball and more precisely the NBA where a young star marks his legend a little more. The Suns take the advantage in Game 1 but will have to continue this momentum and this intensity to resist the Clippers who have not said their last word.
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NBA Playoffs – Devin Booker rules the Clippers in Game 1