WATCH: Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker Beats the Bucks Defense With a Silky Up and Under Layup in Traffic

Published 07/06/2021, 9:49 PM EDT
Jun 20, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker reacts against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half during game one of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


As the Phoenix Suns, the favourites to win the finals, hosted the Milwaukee Bucks, the pressure was on the home team to deliver. With Giannis Antetokounmpo back in the starting line-up, the Suns knew that the task at hand was arduous. 

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But the Suns had a very loud crowd to back them, almost unsettling for the Bucks. The initial minutes saw the counts from 1 to 10 on Giannis FTs and that craziness kickstarted the long night. As a result, Devin Booker cooked the visitors in the initial quarter.

Devin Booker doing it all for the Phoenix Suns

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In the Suns’ first 18 points, 8 of them came from Devin Booker‘s hands. Plus, it was an assist from the youngster that finally gave the Suns their first three pointer very late into Q1. He was getting all that he wanted and Brook Lopez was certainly not that effective against stopping the star. Take a look at his cleanest shot as he completed a left-handed layup.

Thanks to 12 points from Book (at 50% field shooting), the Suns took the Q1 30-26.

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The Suns started their campaign by putting DeAndre Ayton on Giannis and Jae Crowder on Brook Lopez. Yet, the two scored early points from inside the paint and the Bucks looked in control. Just five minutes into the play, Bobby Portis replaced Giannis Antetokounmpo to give the leader some early rest. 

With no Giannis on the defensive end, the Suns took advantage and managed to score their first 16 points, all inside the paint. They took their first 4-point lead with a three-pointer from Cameron Payne. 

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For the Suns, the only downside was Jae Crowder and Chris Paul going scoreless in the initial quarter. However, they covered for it mostly because DeAndre Ayton was in his top form from both the ends.

So whom were you rooting for, Suns or Bucks? Help us know your side in the comments below.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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