Like he has done throughout his career, Booker proved that no stage was too big for him. With future Hall of Fame guard Chris Paul out due to COVID-19 protocols for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in Phoenix, Booker more than made up for his absence.
Continuing with what has been a brilliant postseason performance this year, Devin Booker dropped 40 points on 15-of-29 shooting. He also grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out 11 assists in a virtuoso all-around performance from the 24-year-old guard. That included 18 points in the third quarter alone. It was something to behold.
DEVIN BOOKER IS TAKING OVER— ESPN (@espn) June 20, 2021
18 points in the third quarter alone pic.twitter.com/iwBaRuRsLP
By virtue of their 120-114 win over Los Angeles in Game 1, the Suns are three victories away from making their first NBA Finals appearance since all the way back in 1993 when they lost to the Chicago Bulls.
As for Booker, he put up his sixth 30-plus point performance thus far in the playoffs. The only other player with more in a single playoff in franchise history is all-time great Suns forward Charles Barkley.
devin booker has 36-12-8 right now lol he has been waiting to play in this game for years— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) June 20, 2021
Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton pic.twitter.com/quyvvbjnKZ— Franklin (@ClappedFranklin) June 20, 2021
When Devin Booker shoots from midrange pic.twitter.com/jMS3iNcE3m— Sky Sports NBA (@SkySportsNBA) June 20, 2021
Kobe Bryant looking down at Devin Booker during this beautiful performance: pic.twitter.com/oCdB10E5XV— MVP (@LukeCena_) June 20, 2021
Every single decision in the second half by Devin Booker has been pretty spot on.— Kevin Zimmerman (@KZimmermanAZ) June 20, 2021
Lob to Mikal for the alley-oop gives him the triple-double.