WATCH: DeAndre Ayton & Phoenix Suns Pull Off Insane Game Winning Alley-Oop In Game 2 vs LA Clippers

Published 06/23/2021, 12:15 AM EDT
Jun 22, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton celebrates after a slam dunk against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half during game two of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Phoenix Suns were able to pull off the greatest comeback the NBA has seen in recent years with 0.9 seconds left on the clock. After winning the first game with a 120-114 score, the Suns have snatched Game 2 as well and taken a comfortable 2-0 lead in a vital Western Conference finals. The LA Clippers are now under a pile of pressure to win the next two games to at least tie the series.

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This game that started off as slow and boring became the most intense in the last quarter. Down by one basket, the Suns’ DeAndre Ayton’s alley-oop saved them from utter humiliation by the Clippers. It was game over at 104-103.

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The Suns were able to take care of business despite not having their veteran leader Chris Paul on the court. Paul has been benched because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols. But his presence was certainly not what was missed. Devin Booker led the team incredibly, with his first triple-double of his career in Game 1.

He finished with 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists, However, this wasn’t the case for Game 2. The lead scorer was Cameron Payne with 29 points, while Booker only added a meager 20 points. Even DeAndre Ayton added more to the game. However, that did not make a difference to the outcome.

The LA Clippers were shorthanded themselves. Kawhi Leonard hasn’t played a single game of this series because of a knee injury. And unlike stellar his performance in Game 1, Paul George had a slow start in Game 2. It wasn’t until the last few minutes of the final quarter that he picked up the slack. He helped the Clippers take a lead in the last few seconds of the game only to be outsmarted once again by Ayton.

Nobody had expected the game to turn around as quickly as it did. This isn’t the first time an alley-oop has saved the Suns. Tyson Chandler did it back in 2017 against the Memphis Grizzlies with 0.6 seconds left for the buzzer to go off. And now DeAndre Ayton has done it again.

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Can the Suns pull off a clean sweep against the Clippers?

The possibility of the Phoenix Suns eliminating the Clippers in 4 games all depends on the status of their injured players. If Chris Paul returns amidst the series, there is hope that they can make it happen, unless LA forces Kawhi Leonard to toughen it up and make his return.

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Jun 22, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker collides with Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley in the second half during game two of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Right now, the former outcome seems more likely as Paul just has to wait to be cleared to play whereas Kawhi could be sitting out until and unless he feels better.

However, even without Leonard, the Clippers have been able to keep games close, so they won’t let the Suns humiliate them with four straight wins without a fight. This statement couldn’t be more true after what was witnessed today. Do you think Phoenix can make it happen?

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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