Suns guards Chris Paul, Devin Booker share WCF trip with family in stands
The Phoenix Suns punched their ticket to the Western Conference Finals on the road in a 125-118 Game 4 win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.
And even though the series-clinching game was played at Ball Arena in the Mile High City, it also had a home feel to it for Suns guards Chris Paul and Devin Booker.
Not only was there a noticeable and audible Suns crowd in the stands at Ball Arena, but both Phoenix guards had some of their own family in attendance as well.
And after the final buzzer sounded, both Paul and Booker were seen going over to celebrate and share the moment with their respective family members.
Booker gave his sister an emotional hug, while the Point God climbed into the stands to give his mom some love.
“Yeah man, it’s an unbelievable feeling,” Booker said postgame. “I always tell people that’s my why. That’s the reason why I play the game: to see the excitement on my sister’s face, see the excitement on my mother’s face and my brother.
“We’ve been through a lot as a family and they love to watch me succeed. Any time I can put a smile on their face, there’s no feeling like it. It’s what keeps me going.”
“To see his brother right there — I think his mom and his sister were here — his dad was here at the last game,” Paul said of Booker’s family.
“They — just like my family has been here — they’ve been with you along this entire journey. They’ve seen the work that Book has put in year in and year out and to see it paying off, I’m happy for him.”
The trip to the Western Conference Finals will be just the second in Paul’s career, but the first for Booker.
“I say it all the time: If I don’t know anything else, I know basketball,” Paul said. “When I saw that Phoenix was an opportunity to come play here, I knew what we would be capable of because I know Book and I know how he competes and the energy that he plays with.
“It’s just dope to see everything that’s come together since the trade happen. The day after I got traded, we were in the gym working together. I think that says a lot about why we are where we are right now — it’s trust.”