“Came down to the wire”: Last Minute Devin Booker-Luka Doncic Drama and Kevin Durant’s Brilliance Excites Magic Johnson and the NBA World

Published 03/06/2023, 8:20 AM EST

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The NBA has been supplying the fans with intriguing games regularly this season. This past weekend was especially a spectacle to behold. Whether it be Stephen Curry’s return being ruined by Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard dropping another amazing performance with 41 points or Kevin Durant facing his old friend’s new team, the weekend games had it all. Just like other fans, Magic Johnson was excited too after the Phoenix Suns battled the Dallas Mavericks in the first game of Sunday. Additionally, the game also had some spicy moments, when Luka Doncic and Devin Booker had a few words to share at the end of the game.

The Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns battled with all their might, which resulted in a clash between the best players of each team. The fans were at the edge of their seat because the matchup had all the ingredients for a Sunday blast.

Magic Johnson reacts to KD and Booker’s Phoenix Suns facing Luka Doncic and co.


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Since the trade deadline concluded with a series of blockbuster trades, the league has taken a completely new direction. Many fans have gotten a new ray of hope as seemingly the teams are pushing hard for the postseason.

In a thriller on Sunday, Kevin Durant helped the Phoenix Suns edge past the Dallas Mavericks in the final few seconds. Los Angeles Lakers legend, Magic Johnson, like most fans, enjoyed the closely contested encounter thoroughly as he tweeted how it “came down to the wire“. However, the fans had more to witness as the game unexpectedly didn’t end there.


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With six seconds left on the clock, Luka Doncic missed a simple layup that could’ve tied the game. As fans noticed the unlikely sight, a pumped-up Devin Booker exchanged a few words with Doncic in an attempt to taunt him. Needless to say, fans love it when the best players of the game stand toe to toe, quite literally. This was no exception.

The exchange is particularly significant considering the history between the two players. Luka Doncic and Devin Booker were entangled in bit of a tiff during last year’s Western Conference semifinals as well, before Doncic completely incinerated the Suns at their own backyard with a stunning performance in Game 7.

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In the post-game interview, Doncic answered questions about the game with a slight smile. But the loss didn’t prevent him from standing his ground. “It’s a competitive game, it’s all good. Next time, just don’t wait until there’s three seconds left to talk,” said the Dallas Mavericks superstar.

The fans went into a frenzy after all these transpired and swarmed to Twitter with their reactions to the game, as well as the bout between Booker and Doncic. Here are some reactions

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Magic Johnson’s anticipation was not in vain, as the other games of the night also turned out to be delightful. Especially when Anthony Davis gave a powerful performance in the absence of LeBron James.

Other thrilling games on the weekend and AD dominating on Stephen Curry’s return

The Dubs Fans were extremely excited after they heard the news of Curry returning to the squad in the game against the Lakers. However, their happiness turned sour quickly as Anthony Davis dominated the Warriors with 39 points scored in the absence of LeBron James.


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Whilst in other news, the Portland Trail Blazers were led to their first win in four matches as Damian Lillard continued with his scintillating form. The Trail Blazers superstar completed his third consecutive game on Sunday with 30+ points. Needless to say, if this is the state of the games before the postseason, the fans could be in for a ride for the rest of the campaign.


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Shankha Shuvra Das


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Shankha Shuvra Das is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Economics and has extensive experience in freelance content creation, especially in the field of technology. Shankha's passion for covering the sport of basketball stems from his love for the NBA, which he has been following closely for several years now.
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