Looking to take both home games to open the series, the Suns came out on top by the score of 118-108. Despite seeing two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo go off for 42 points, it was Booker who had the last laugh.
Taking part in his first NBA Playoffs, the star 24-year-old guard had it going from distance in this one. Booker shot 7-of-12 from three-point range, scoring 31 points while dishing out six assists.
Known primarily for his mid-range game up to this point in the postseason, Booker’s ability to have success from beyond the arc played a major role in the Suns’ 10-point win. It also showed just how difficult it is for opposing defenses to stop the former Kentucky star.
The maturation of Devin Booker has the Phoenix Suns thinking NBA title
Heading into Thursday’s outing, Booker was averaging 27.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists in the playoffs. However, he was also shooting a mere 33% from three-point range. That fell in line with his 34% mark from beyond the arc in the regular season.
In fact, Devin Booker had hit more than four three-pointers just once in his previous 17 playoff games this year. Phoenix was relying more on Chris Paul, Jae Crowder and Cameron Johnson to hit from distance with Booker dominating the mid-range game.
Now, two wins from the NBA title, Booker’s ability to expand his game could very well have the Suns closing in on what would be among the most shocking titles in the modern history of the Association.
Add in the virtuoso performances we’ve seen from Booker, and these Suns seem destined to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy. If Booker can continue to remain hot from the outside, Milwaukee won’t have much of a chance to make this a series.
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