Devin Booker on Playing His First Career Game 7: ‘Greatest Two Words in Sports’

The Phoenix Suns will have to delete the footage and have a short memory after the Dallas Mavericks punched them in the mouth, forcing a win-or-go-home Game 7 with a 113-86 win in their Thursday night Game 6 win.

The win was primarily due to the Mavs’ stifling defense holding the Suns to a season-low in scoring, regular or postseason, for the second time in the Western Conference semifinal series. The Suns also shot 39.7 percent from the field and coughed the ball up a season-high 22 times. The Mavs also outscored the Suns in transition 21-8.

“I don’t have enough time to talk about everything that’s eating at me,” Coach Monty Williams said per ESPN. “I didn’t think we understood the desperation they were going to play with. Couple that with the turnovers that we had tonight; it’s a recipe for what we just got.”

Sunday’s potentially season-altering Game 7 will be Chris Paul’s eighth ever, owning a 3-4 record in such games, while Devin Booker will be playing in his first-ever Game 7.

“Greatest two words in sports,” Booker said. “I’m excited to feel the energy. I’m excited to be a part of it. It’s a great opportunity.”

If Phoenix can take any solace, it’s that their 64-18 regular-season record ensures Game 7 will be on their homecourt. So far, the home team of this series has won all six games, none with a margin closer than seven points.