Devin Booker had a more in-depth’s mentality Thursday night time as he led the Suns to a series-clinching Sport 6 win over the Lakers in LA.
The Phoenix guard performed 46 minutes and completed with a game-high 47 factors in his crew’s 113-100 victory. He was 15 for 22 from the ground (8 for 10 on 3-pointers).
After he and his crew ended the Lakers’ championship reign as soon as and for all, he walked off the courtroom at Staples Heart and gazed at two of the issues that motivated him to complete the job earlier than the collection may return to Phoenix.
“I used to be fascinated about [Kobe Bryant] and the conversations that we had,” Booker advised reporters in his postgame Zoom name. “Type of about what we simply went by way of, the postseason and being legendary and taking the steps to get there. So seeing that 8 and that 24 up there, with the way in which that the lighting at Staples has proper right here, it feels prefer it’s shining down on you.
“And I do know he was right here tonight. I do know he was right here tonight. I do know he is within the constructing. I do know he was proud.”
Booker’s phrases illustrated the affect Bryant had on youthful NBA gamers. Bryant’s direct mentorship ended when he died in a helicopter crash in January 2020.
The 24-year-old Booker is averaging 29.6 factors and 6.2 rebounds after six video games in his first journey to the postseason. His play helped him earn a post-series assembly with LeBron James and a really particular merchandise: an autographed jersey.
Booker and the Suns’ subsequent activity is to take down the Nuggets within the Western Convention semifinals starting Monday.