Basketball young gun Devin Booker lead the Phoenix Suns through a hard-fought 99-90 win against the LA Lakers, outmaneuvering last year’s champion to take the opening game of their Western Conference first-round series on Sunday, May 23 (Monday, May 24 in PH Time).

Booker, who played his first-ever playoff game, scored a total of 34 points, taking the reigns after veteran Chris Paul suffered an injury in the second quarter.  Paul suffered a shoulder injury after bumping into teammate Cameron Johnson.

Although Paul managed to return, his performance was affected with the 36-year-old pitching in only 7 points and 4 rebounds.

Phoenix center player Deandre Ayton supported the 24-year-old Booker, contributing a total of 21 points and 16 rebounds. Meanwhile, Mikal Bridges and Johnson scored 10 points each for Phoenix.

The Suns truly shined in the third quarter of the match overtaking the Lakers 81 to 68 – a 13-point advantage into the fourth quarter. 

The LA Lakers fought to even the scores out in the last quarter, however, things didn’t pan out as they hoped with the Suns closing the first game with an almost 10-point lead over the Los Angeles ballers. 

The Lakers’ biggest scorer was Lebron James, who contributed 18 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds. Dennis Schroder follows closely with a score of 14 points and Anthony Davis with 13. 

Andre Drummond and Montrezl Harrell also scored in the double digits, chipping in 12 points apiece for Los Angeles.

Game Two will be held Tuesday, May 25 at the Phoenix Suns Arena in Arizona. 

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