Suns’ Devin Booker achieves rare accomplishment alongside Michael Jordan after dominant performance vs Russell Westbrook, Clippers

Devin Booker led the Phoenix Suns to a dominant first-round victory over the injury-plagued Los Angeles Clippers, securing a spot in the second round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs. The Suns managed to outclass the Clippers in a gentleman’s sweep, with Booker’s outstanding performances earning him a spot in an exclusive club that includes Michael Jordan.

Booker averaged 37.2 points per game, with a remarkable 60.2 percent shooting from the field, 46.7 percent from behind the arc, and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line. Such exceptional performances by the guard led to a rare achievement, as OptaSTATS revealed, “Devin Booker of the Suns is the second player in NBA history to average 35.0+ PPG while shooting at least 60% from the field and 80% from the line in a playoff series. The other was Michael Jordan in the first round in 1992.”

Booker’s contributions were particularly significant in the absence of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, two key players who were out injured for most of the series. With the Clippers focused on limiting other Suns players, Booker exploited the gaps in their defense with ease, showing his superior skills and experience on the court.

While Booker’s excellent performance could lead to expectations of similar showings in the future, some experts suggest that regression may be imminent. Nevertheless, the Suns are well-equipped to face their next opponent, the Denver Nuggets, even if Booker’s percentages dip a little. Phoenix will undoubtedly look to the guard to continue his dominant play, but they have proven depth and talent across the roster, which should help them stay competitive in the upcoming games.

The Suns’ successful first-round series may have boosted their confidence, but they must now focus on the challenges that lie ahead. Denver will undoubtedly be a tough opponent, with MVP Nikola Jokic leading the way. Nevertheless, the Suns are a well-coached team with the talent and depth to make it to the next round. The series promises to be a thrilling battle, and Booker’s presence will undoubtedly make it even more exciting.

Devin Booker Sets Suns Records in Epic Game 5 Win Over Clippers

The Phoenix Suns secured their spot in the NBA playoffs’ second round, clinching a 136-130 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5. Devin Booker put up an impressive performance with a career-high tying 47 points, eight rebounds, ten assists, and two steals.

Booker’s 47 points established a new Suns record for the most 40+ point games in franchise postseason history. He’s also the third NBA player since 1997 to score 25+ points in a single quarter in a postseason game, alongside Allen Iverson and Damian Lillard. Booker and Kevin Durant have taken advantage of the more open looks on the court, with Booker finishing the Clippers series averaging 37.2 points on 60% shooting.

The Suns will now move to the Western Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets, with games 1 and 2 being held in Denver. Booker’s excellent first-round performance may mean that regression is imminent in his shooting efficiency, but the Suns should still be able to handle the Nuggets even if his percentages dip a little.


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