It was all good just a week ago.
Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker and his team haven’t been having the best of luck the past two games against the Los Angeles Clippers. Although the Suns were able to get star point guard Chris Paul back before things got ugly, it still wasn’t enough to hold the Clippers down to a 3-1 lead.
Facing elimination and a hostile Phoenix crowd, the Clippers went on a 20-5 run to start Game 5, finishing the game with a 116-102 win over Booker and the Suns. This despite the continued absence of an injured Kawhi Leonard, who has averaged 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game for the Clippers this postseason.
“They came out, they punched us in the face to start the game.” Booker would say following the blowout loss.
Booker, after injuring his nose earlier in the series, put up 31 points in his best effort his last three games. CP3 added 22 points and 8 assists. Unfortunately for Phoenix, the team’s offensive support outside of their starting backcourt was lacking, with no other starter scoring more than 10 points.
An all-time performance from Paul George also tipped the scales in LA’s favor, with “Playoff P” putting up 41 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals on 15-20 shooting from the field.
The Clippers host the Suns in Game 6 on Wednesday, 6:00 pm (MST).