The Phoenix Suns are advancing to the second round of the postseason for the third consecutive season.
Game 5 against the Clippers at the Footprint Center took lots of turns before the Suns won 136-130.
Devin Booker finished with 47 points (19-27 FG), 10 assists, and 8 rebounds. He erupted for 25 points in the third quarter. Book is a superstar and he proved it in this series (again).
Devin Booker (41 PTS) just went OFF in Q3.
25 PTS (10-11 FG, 3-4 3PM) 🔥
He's in #PLAYOFFMODE on TNT ‼️ pic.twitter.com/OIiXSMnDO9
— NBA (@NBA) April 26, 2023
“He was doing what Book does,” Monty Williams said. “He’s trained and waited for moments like that.”
Congrats, @DevinBook, on recording the most 40+ point postseason games in Phoenix Suns history! pic.twitter.com/FFQ14McZAb
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) April 26, 2023
In the first half, the Suns trailed 10-2 in the offensive rebound category, which lead to 21 second-chance points for the Clippers. It felt like this team wasn’t ready to closeout against the Clippers. The energy was non-existent on the court or in the crowd. Unless there were calls that didn’t go the Suns way. Then boos echoes throughout the Footprint Center.
Then with 7:01 left in the third quarter, Kevin Durant hit a transition triple to bring Phoenix within one-point (79-78). That woke the building up. The switch flipped.
Booker and Chris Paul were the next to score to regain the lead at 83-82. Phoenix never looked back. Well sort of. The Clippers got close near the end.
Durant finished with 31 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. He also nailed some daggers late as the Clippers were mounting a comeback.
The Phoenix Suns will face the No. 1 seeded Denver Nuggets in the second round. Game 1 is in Denver on Saturday April 29.