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Suns close out Clippers on monster night from Devin Booker

Apr 25, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) slam dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half in game five of the 2023 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After a disappointing start to their hopeful 2023 playoff run, the Suns took four in a row to end the first-round series against the Clippers early.

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Devin Booker went on an absolute tear; after tonight’s performance, he surpassed Charles Barkley for the most 30-plus point playoff performances by a Suns’ player with 17.

And that was not even the only accomplishment Booker had on his career-defining night.

The Suns entered halftime trailing by nine, but thanks to a 25-point 3rd quarter by D-Book, Phoenix at one point went on a remarkable 18-0 run, ultimately putting the game a little too far out of reach. This is despite an impressive attempt to send the game into overtime by the Clippers.

Booker outscored the Clippers 25-24 in the 3rd and only missed one shot in 11 attempts. One of the greatest quarters in NBA playoff history.

Overall, fans were excited to finally see a breakout night from the Suns’ offense. However, many would have appreciated it if they had closed the door a bit earlier.

The Clippers were just one made three-pointer away late in the fourth quarter from taking the lead.

Nevertheless, a win is a win…

The Suns will now move on to the Western Conference Semifinals, where they will meet the #1 seed Denver Nuggets. The two teams split the season series against each other 2-2.

Game One of the series will be on Saturday, time is still undetermined.


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