Devin Booker’s hot fingertips sent the Clippers home.
The Phoenix Suns won 136-130 in Game 5 of the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers of the 2023 NBA Playoffs held at the Phoenix Footprint Center on the 26th (Korean time).
On this day, despite the fact that the team’s one-two punchers Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were both absent due to injury, seven players, including Norman Powell, scored double digits and performed evenly, overcoming the persistent pursuit of the Clippers and winning the victory. . ㅋㅋㅋ벳
The first-class contributor to returning the Clippers home was, of course, Devin Booker. Booker, who ran all over the court for 41 minutes on this day, completed a double-double with 47 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists, including 4 3-pointers, and collapsed the Clippers defense. The 47 points is the most points and tied record in one playoff game Booker made on June 4, 2021 against the Lakers.
Clippers defenders collapsed like autumn leaves in front of Booker, who scored with various routes from rim attack to mid-range strategy and 3-point shot. In particular, since Kevin Durant, one of the best scorers in the league, was on the court with Booker, it was painful for the Clippers that they could not concentrate on defending Booker.
Booker, who had a career-high season with averages of 27.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists this season, is showing off a hot shooting sense even in the playoffs. He is doing his part at the forefront of the Phoenix offense, recording an average of 37.2 points, 60.1% field goal success rate, and 46.7% 3-point shooting success rate in these five playoff games.
Phoenix, who succeeded in passing the first round with a series record of 4 wins and 1 loss with Booker at the forefront, is Denver, who defeated Minnesota 4 wins and 1 loss and advanced to the second round.
Although they will be facing Denver, the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, which is supported by Nicola Jokic and Jamal Murray, Booker’s confident presence will surely be a great help to Phoenix.