Devin Booker drains incredible buzzer against Clippers as Suns go unbeaten in bubble


When the NBA announced its format for the resumption of the 2019-20 season in the Disney World bubble, almost everyone was confused as to why the Phoenix Suns were invited. No one questions this decision any longer. Thanks to the heroism of Devin Booker, they are now 3-0 in Orlando, and are suddenly looking for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Early Tuesday night, they won a thriller against the Los Angeles Clippers, 117-115. After the final few minutes of back and forth, Phoenix had the ball with 31.3 seconds left and a chance to take the lead. But when Ricky Rubio’s effort missed the mark, it looked like their opportunity was gone. But Mikal Bridges came up with a huge volley and gave them another look. Booker didn’t waste it.

Taking the ball off the top of the key, Booker walked to his left and wanted to stand up for a jumper. Kawhi Leonard was there, however, and forced him to turn around and throw a difficult fadeaway at Paul George’s outstretched arm. The Clippers couldn’t have defended the game better, but that didn’t matter. Booker caught the whole net to give the Suns the win.

The clutch shot capped a terrific day for Booker, who finished with 35 points, four rebounds and eight assists on 13 of 25 on the field. He’s now averaging 30.6 points per game inside the bubble. Since entering the league in 2015, Booker now has three winning buzzer batsmen. It’s tied with LeBron James for most in the league in this span.

With the win, the Suns are now 29-39 on the season, and are suddenly in the mix for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. They still have all kinds of work to do but are now three games behind the Memphis Grizzlies, which puts them in the sidelines to force a play-in tournament. And they’re only one game behind the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs for ninth place.

The odds are still stacked against them with so many teams to go, especially with a remaining tough schedule that forces them to play the Pacers, Heat, Thunder, 76ers and Mavericks the rest of the time. But all of these games are going to mean something now, which nobody expected a few weeks ago.


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