Devin Booker's 40-Point Triple-Double Performance Leads Suns Past Clippers in Game 1


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Booker managed to put up Forty points in Game 1 of the West Conference finals with 13 boards and 11 dimes, when Suns picked up the 120-114 Clippers, increasingly taking the number 3 wins off the franchise's first NBA Final appearance since 1993, without the point guard Chris Paul.

It's effortless to overlook that this is the 24-year-first old's appearance in the NBA playoffs, where careers and track records are often made or broken. Booker, like his partner in crime, Deandre Ayton, appears to be at ease in this environment.

It messed up how the Suns had done well in the first half, but Phoenix's existing star guard took control as the Lakers did go up by six points. In the third quarter, Devin Booker had 18 points and three assists, including a 16-point run on his own.

He kept attacking during the fourth quarter, placing the Suns ahead of 103-95 in the first quarter with a semi-pull-up at 9:05 a.m. In the final 12 minutes, Booker scored 11 points and added five supports. He completed the 15-of-29 shooting from the floor. The performance of the Clippers' Paul George, who finished with 34 points, was shadowed by another dominant one.

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