Devin Booker scores 18 points in 1st quarter of Game 5 vs. Lakers
Jun 1, 2021, 7:53 PM | Updated: 11:58 pm
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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker came out on fire in Game 5 of the first-round opening series against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
He would finish with 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the 115-85 Suns win to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
The All-Star scored 10 of his team’s first 19 points halfway through the first quarter with the Suns up 19-10.
Booker got six of his points the old-fashioned way on a pair of acrobatic and-ones.
Book. HOW?! pic.twitter.com/pwGHJtEz5j
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He finished the opening frame with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 2-of-2 from three-point range.
By halftime, the Suns had blown the game wide open to lead 66-36. Booker had 22 points, while Cam Payne scored 14 off the bench.
The Lakers, without All-Star forward Anthony Davis, got just seven points from LeBron James, who went 3-of-10 for seven points, three turnovers and five assists.
Phoenix fell behind early in Game 5 but went on an 11-0 run to eventually take a 34-26 lead into the second quarter. The Suns outscored the Lakers 32-10 in the second quarter, holding Los Angeles to 31% shooting by the end of the first half.
Los Angeles was without Davis due to a grade-one groin strain.