December 8, 2023

Devin Booker scored 47 points as the Phoenix Suns eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 after a 136-130 win.

The Clippers’ last-week announcement that Leonard had a damaged right knee changed the course of the series. The injury was sustained by the two-time Finals MVP in Game 1,games. Heanaged to play through it in Game 2, but his condition deteriorated. He didn’t play in Games 3 or 4, and the Clippers dropped both games and also sat out Game 5.

Booker finished with 47 points, including 25 in an incredible third quarter on 19 of 27 field goal attempts. Deandre Ayton finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Durant concluded with 31 points. Mason Plumlee scored 20 points off the bench for the Los Angeles Clippers, with Norman Powell scoring 27 points to lead the team. Russell Westbrook had a difficult night as he managed just 14 points on 3 of 18 shooting.

The Phoenix Suns will play against the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the playoffs in the western conference.


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