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BBNBA: Devin Booker Broke the Warriors in Just 12 Minutes

(Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. Devin Booker is single-handedly breaking up the Golden State Warriors dynasty. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

  • That isn’t a bad joke either. Sunday night, Devin Booker frustrated the living hell out of the best team in the NBA over the last five years. Booker dropped 37 points, eight rebounds, and 11 assists on 13-23 shooting from the field. But it was the fourth quarter where Booker eviscerated the defending champs all by himself. He scored 13 straight points in the final period for the Phoenix Suns as they overcame a 16-point deficit over the last 12 minutes of the game. And some of these shots were just unfair. Running floaters, dagger threes right in the defender’s eyeball, pull-up jumpers, with some free-throws sprinkled in. He was a scoring machine and dogged the Warriors the entire second-half. It was the Suns first win over the Warriors since Nov. 2014 (keep in mind, they play in the same division and face each other several times per season). DeMarcus Cousins added 13 points on 5-11 shooting for Golden State to go along with five rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.

  • But the win for Pheonix isn’t even the biggest takeaway from this game. It’s Warriors head coach Steve Kerr appearing to mouth the words “I’m so f**king tired of Draymond’s [Green] s**t.”.

  • At least, that’s the consensus from the expert lip-readers of the internet. Then, to put the cherry on top, Klay Thompson called out his home fans in the postgame press conference for not being more engaged and hyped up as his team blew a massive lead to the worst team in the NBA, which is just so tone deaf I don’t even feel like commenting on it any further. But I will anyway because this is delicious content…. Does Thompson not know the type of rich millionaires that occupy the seats of Oracle Arena? Does he think that’s going to change once the Warriors move to a brand new Chase Center next season? The same new building that is going to be filled with even more groups of old rich people? It’s basically the Rupp Arena of professional hoops (go ahead and direct your hate mail to the comment section). Blaming fans for not wanting to stand up and cheer as your team half-asses its way to a loss against a 16-win team is just lazy. How about you don’t shoot 4-15 from three and maybe the fans will be a bit more excited to watch a team whose best player has mentally checked out since Christmas. But I’m sure I’m just being a bitter Cavaliers fan *shrugs shoulders*.
  • But enough about the Warriors, they’re still going to win it all and then loss Kevin Durant to the New York Knicks so he can go drop out of the first round in next year’s playoffs or something stupid like that. How about Julius Randle shooting 4-6 from three and posting 23 points for the Pelicans? Darius Miller went 3-9 from deep for 10 points, too, while Anthony Davis played 21 minutes and still managed 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals. And the Pelicans lost, too! To the Atlanta Hawks! Everything is going according to plan. The tank for Zion is on.

  • Eric Bledsoe contributed 21 points, two rebounds, and six assists for the Milwaukee Bucks, who lost to the San Antonio Spurs on the road. Bledsoe shot 9-13 from the field with only one turnover in 30 minutes.
  • For the Miami Heat, Bam Adebayo started his seventh straight game and had perhaps his best outing of those appearances. Adebayo posted 19 points, six rebounds, and five assists on 8-11 shooting and dished out this alley-oop to teammate Derrick Jones Jr. that I have had on repeat for the last 10 hours.

  • Watch every single angle of this dunk. It just gets more and more absurd the more times I watch it. Jones Jr. just jumps differently than the rest of us.

Other notes

  • Orlando Magic guard Isaiah Briscoe has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his right knee and will be out indefinitely. According to the report by the Orlando Sentinel, Briscoe injured the knee back in late February, but the knee has lately been bothering him to the point where he can longer play and surgery might be an option in the future. It’s unfortunate, considering Briscoe has been playing the best ball of his career and had carved out a legit role as the Magic’s backup point guard. Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery and can get back to playing the same high level of ball next season.
  • Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)115-111 W @ GSW3713-23 (2-6)811205+1240
Julius Randle (NOP)116-128 L @ ATL238-18 (4-6)31110+234
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)114-121 L @ SAS219-13 (2-4)26001+330
Bam Adebayo (MIA)104-125 L vs. TOR198-11 (0-0)65201-1227
Anthony Davis (NOP)116-128 L @ ATL156-10 (3-4)84144+221
Kevin Knox (NYK)92-103 L @ MIN135-11 (1-3)54102-927
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)111-115 L vs. PHX135-11 (0-3)52021-228
Darius Miller (NOP)116-128 L @ ATL103-9 (3-9)37000-529
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)97-105 L @ MEMDNP-Meniscus----------------
Alex Poythress (ATL)128-116 W vs. NOPDNP-Ankle----------------
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)103-92 W vs. NYKDNP-Knee----------------
Terrence Jones (HOU)94-93 W @ DALDNP-CD----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Raptors @ Cavaliers (Knight)

7:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox) @ Wizards (Wall-out)

7:30: Pistons @ Nets

8:00 (NBATV): Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist-probable, Monk) @ Rockets (Jones)

9:00: Thunder (Diallo-G League, Noel, Patterson)@ Jazz

10:30 (NBATV): Celtics @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

2 Comments for BBNBA: Devin Booker Broke the Warriors in Just 12 Minutes



  1. Ridge Runner
    2:54 pm March 11, 2019 Permalink

    Nice Devin, couldn’t have happened against a better team.



  2. Smyrna_Cat
    4:28 pm March 11, 2019 Permalink

    Nice write-up.