Devin Booker has masterful performance, scores 1st career triple-double

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 20: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns looks on after the game against the LA Clippers during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on June 20, 2021 at Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

Devin Booker put together a career performance to lead the Suns to a win in game one. Booker had a 40-point triple-double, and the Suns beat the Clippers 120-114. It’s Booker’s first career triple-double, and it comes in game one of the Western Conference Finals.

Booker is the first Sun’s player since Steve Nash to record a triple-double in the postseason. Nash did it in 2005 with a 34-point performance against the Dallas Mavericks.

Phoenix was going to need Booker to be great for them to take game one. The team is without Chris Paul, as he remains in the NBA’s Healthy and Safety Protocols.

Booker put up 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists. Booker scored 29 of those points in the second half. In addition, he scored or assisted on 22 of the Suns’ 45 made field goals.

Booker did it all in game one, but he wasn’t alone. Numerous players stepped up in Paul’s absence. However, it was Booker who stole the show.

Deandre Ayton scored 20 points, and Mikal Bridges added 14. Cameron Johnson and Torey Craig also provided key minutes off the bench.

Booker is averaging 29 points per game this postseason. He waited six seasons to taste playoff action, and the 24-year-old is showing he’s not afraid of the game’s biggest stage.

There’s no timetable for when Paul is going to return to the team. If he continues to be out, Booker will need to continue this play if the Suns want to reach the NBA finals.

Phoenix is in the playoffs after not making them since 2010. The team hasn’t made the finals since 1992 when they lost in six games to the Chicago Bulls.

The Clippers are also without one of their stars as Kawhi Leonard is nursing an ACL injury. However, the game must go on, and Booker and the Suns will look to go up two games on Tuesday night.

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