Lakers’ LeBron James’ Heartwarming Gesture to Devin Booker After Phoenix Suns Knocks Out Lakers From the Playoffs

Published 06/04/2021, 3:04 AM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


As game 6 drew to a conclusion, the Phoenix Suns defeated the Los Angeles Lakers to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. The Suns are clearly hoping to win their first NBA title. Notably, Devin Booker scored 47 points, of which 22 points came in the first quarter in what was a scintillating performance. LeBron James even gave a signed jersey to Devin Booker after the game.

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Significantly, Anthony Davis started the game but left the floor after aggravating his groin injury. LeBron James mustered 29 points, but he is now still out in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in his career.

LeBron James gives a fitting tribute to Booker

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Picked 13th in the NBA draft of 2015, Booker has come of age to become one of the best shooters in the league. Despite a slow start to his career with the Suns, Devin is one of the most important players on the Suns’ roster. He has averaged 26.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game in this series; these are All-star numbers. Booker’s 8-10 three-point shooting percentage was enough for the Suns to get past the Lakers.

Meanwhile, Chris Paul upped his ante as he went on a 6-0 run in the fourth quarter while the Lakers were trying to mount a comeback. He dished out 12 assists as well. The Phoenix Suns will now face the Joker in an exciting matchup with the Nuggets. But for now, Booker will be happy to take home the victory, as well as the signed jersey by LeBron.

Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrates with Jae Crowder (99) as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) looks on in the first half during game five in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Can the Suns go all the way?

Phoenix will now meet the Denver Nuggets who earlier sent the Trail Blazers home. It will be an intriguing matchup. The Suns have momentum going into the series and will look to be the victors against the Nuggets.

For the Nuggets, even though Jamal Murray has not played, Nikola Jokic has stepped up to provide the creative spark for the team. Austin Rivers looks like a completely different player on the floor and the Suns will have to be hard on defense. A duel between Ayton and Jokic is on the cards as the Suns will look to advance into their first conference final since 2009.

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It is no doubt that Booker is a huge fan of the late great Kobe Bryant. Likewise, he showed shades of Kobe today as he produced a mesmerizing performance on the court.

The Phoenix Suns won’t have a better shot at winning the title than they do right now. Chris Paul, Jae Crowder, and DeAndre Ayton have proved to be an able support cast. The team is balanced and will now look to defeat the Nuggets in the next round.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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