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Devin Booker Scores 35, Nails Game-Winning Buzzer Beater to Defeat the Clippers 117-115

(Image from Twitter/@WorldWideWob)

Former UK shooting guard Devin Booker went berserk once again in Phoenix’s 117-115 win over the LA Clippers.

After putting up a combined 57 points in the Suns’ first two NBA restart games against Washington and Dallas — both of which were wins for Phoenix — Booker scored 35 points, shooting 13/25 overall from the floor and 6/9 from the 3-point line. His performance was ultimately topped off by a game-winning buzzer beater that gave the Suns a 117-115 lead as the horn sounded.

The all-star guard hit a mid-range jumper with 34 seconds left to play to put Phoenix up 115-113, then Clippers all-star Kawhi Leonard returned the favor, making two free throws with 31 seconds left to tie the game 115-115. After a scrambling possession to get a final shot up on the other end of the court, Booker nailed a last-second shot over All-NBA defenders Paul George and Leonard to win the game 117-115.


Here is an even closer look at the shot as Booker lifted to release the ball:

Like seriously, HOW DID HE HIT THAT?!?!

This was Booker after hitting the shot to win the game:

D-Book is now the sixth youngest player in NBA history to get to 7500 points in their career. Phoenix overall is 3-0 in the bubble after defeating the Clippers on Tuesday, posing as maybe the most surprisingly-hot team in the restart. They now sit in 12th place in the Western Conference with a record of 29-39, but only 3.0 games behind eighth seeded Memphis.

Former Kentucky basketball players in general have put on a show in the restart. Here are some stats from other stars in the league that once wore the blue and white:

  • Anthony Davis: 42 points, 12 rebounds in the Lakers’ victory over Utah on Monday
  • De’Aaron Fox: 28 points, 9 assists in the Kings’ loss to Dallas on Tuesday
  • Bam Adebayo: 21 points, 12 rebounds in the Heat’s victory over Boston on Tuesday
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 24 points, 5 rebounds in OKC’s loss to Denver in OT on Monday

Devin Booker will look to build onto the momentum from the game-winning buzzer beater on Thursday at 4 p.m. Eastern Time against the Indiana Pacers. You can watch former Cats Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nerlens Noel and Hamidou Diallo take on Anthony Davis today as OKC plays the LA Lakers at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.



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