I don’t have the words to properly describe what just happened… But here I go!
On Tuesday evening, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker drilled a game-winning fadeaway jumper over Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 117-115. The former Wildcat finished with 35 points, four rebounds, and eight assists.
Let’s walk through the series of events. With the game tied at 115, Booker secures the ball at the top of the key with under 10 seconds left and lockdown defender Paul George on him tight. He notices the Clippers are bringing a double-team and immediately skirts down the left side of the lane, directly into another elite defender in Kawhi Leonard. Book stops on a dime, pump fakes Lenoard into oblivion, turns, then rises over George for a glorious game-winner.
Watch the shot in all its glory.
DEVIN BOOKER GAME-WINNER ? pic.twitter.com/4QAeIRNiA6
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The shot was massive, but the win might prove to be even more important. The Suns remain undefeated down in the Orlando Bubble with a 3-0 record after Tuesday’s win, including a victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Phoenix continues to rise in the playoff standings despite entering Orlando with the worst record in the Western Conference. The win moves them to within three games of the 8-seed Memphis Grizzlies and just one game back from the 9-seed.
Booker and the Suns were an afterthought when the league restarted but not even a week in, they’re making an early statement: they are here to compete.