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Devin Booker, Kevin Durant lead Suns to even series 1-1 vs. Clippers

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Law Murray: Phoenix wins Game 2 123-109 to tie series at 1-1. 27-point turnaround after Clippers led 49-36 in 2nd quarter. Game 5 is on the calendar now. Chris Paul snaps Scott Foster streak, Kevin Durant snaps playoff losing streak. Devin Booker: 38 points, 14/22 FGs Game 3 in LA Thu
Source: Twitter @LawMurrayTheNU

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“We need him to continue to be confident and shoot the ball.”
Kevin Durant on Torrey Craig after going 5-of-8 from 3, both career playoff highs, in #Suns Game 2 win over #Clippers. #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/A6FKPanPoc4:57 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“This is the first real look at us as a team against some great competition. I like where we are.”
Kevin Durant as #Suns even series with Game 2 win over #Clippers. pic.twitter.com/SZS9zZBp6V4:50 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“They switch their defense up like every possession.”
Kevin Durant on #ClipperNation defense in #Suns Game 2 win. #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/kFHdXophhJ4:41 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“It’s never a good feeling. I just get on ‘Call of Duty” and blew some steam off.”
Devin Booker on what he did after Game 1 loss.
“That’s our generation man.” #Suns pic.twitter.com/zSL8wGJaRW3:54 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Simplify.”
Devin Booker on handling ##Clippers coach Ty Lue’s changing defenses. #Suns pic.twitter.com/84KpBRs6Vt3:49 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“I think how we finished the 2nd quarter overall outside of that shot was good going into the 3rd.”
Devin Booker on his 3-pointer to end the half and tie the game at 59-59.
Booker scored 18 points in the third quarter on 7-of-8 shooting in #Suns Game 2 win vs. #Clippers pic.twitter.com/D9B7RtKibY3:41 AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
The Suns were in a bad spot tonight and then Devin Booker suddenly made everything OK, his latest superstar moment in the postseason: arizonasports.com/story/3520551/…3:29 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Booker, Suns find comfort level in midrange, bounce back with 123-109 win over Clippers nba.nbcsports.com/2023/04/19/boo…3:06 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker’s 14th 30-point game in the postseason tonight ties him for the second most in the NBA since his playoff debut in 2021, per @Stathead. Luka Doncic also has 14. Giannis Antetokounmpo is at 20 (!) – 2:21 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Tonight was Devin Booker’s 14th 30-point game in the playoffs. He trails only Amar’e Stoudemire (15) and Charles Barkley (16) in Suns franchise history, and he’s scored in double figures in all 34 career playoff games – 2:15 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Kevin Durant’s shot chart from Game 1 to Game 2. pic.twitter.com/sYfYntVuuI2:13 AM

Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Choose your fighter: Durantula or the Klaw?
A contrast in styles. As good as it gets.
And much appreciated.
Column:
ocregister.com/2023/04/18/swa…1:46 AM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Suns vs. Clippers Game 2 takeaways: Devin Booker, Suns even up series with Clippers with 123-109 win
By: @therealmikekb
cbssports.com/nba/news/suns-…1:44 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Going live on @PHNX_Suns from the arena with some postgame updates from Monday, Book, KD, CP3 and more! Hop in here:
youtube.com/watch?v=ett9sv… pic.twitter.com/Ak8YQ4JBHm1:33 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“He’s an all-around player, he can do everything at an elite level on the basketball court, so we gotta utilize that.” – Kevin Durant on Devin Booker’s performance pic.twitter.com/WKRPasYryr1:24 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Phoenix Suns even series with L.A. Clippers behind Booker’s 38-point Game 2 barrage #Suns #Clippers #NBAPlayoffs azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral – 1:22 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
KD and Russ see one another postgame before leaving Game 2. pic.twitter.com/tpHItoirer1:11 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Grit.”
Monty Williams early postgame comments on late run to end second quarter and to start the 3rd, Devin Booker’s 38-point night and Kevin Durant moving off ball. #Suns #NBAPlayoffs #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/Qp405GbD2d12:50 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“When he’s going like that, I think the team feeds off of that.”
Monty Williams said he was planning on giving Devin Booker a break near the end of the 3rd quarter. His thought process was “one more play, one more play, but then he just kept hitting shots.” – 12:50 AM
The Vertical @Balldontlie
Devin Booker scored 38 points in the Suns’ Game 2 win over the Clippers 🔥
His 14 made field goals are the 5th-most in his career during a playoff game. pic.twitter.com/1DJo9vQyPa12:43 AM

The Vertical @Balldontlie
Devin Booker scored 38 points in Suns’ Game 2 win vs. the Clippers 🔥
His 14 made field goals are his 5th-most in a playoff game. pic.twitter.com/4nQlsFFRFG12:39 AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Phoenix wins Game 2 123-109 to tie series at 1-1.
27-point turnaround after Clippers led 49-36 in 2nd quarter.
Game 5 is on the calendar now.
Chris Paul snaps Scott Foster streak, Kevin Durant snaps playoff losing streak.
Devin Booker: 38 points, 14/22 FGs
Game 3 in LA Thu – 12:35 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker’s playoff resume is so stacked already that I wouldn’t even put that in his top five postseason performances but he was spectacular in that second half. Everything he is all about rolled up into 24 minutes. Changed the momentum of the series.
1-1 headed to LA. – 12:34 AM
Eric Patten @EricPatten
Good luck to the Suns sustaining playing Durant, Booker and Paul 40+ mins per game – 12:34 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Final: PHX 123, LAC 109
Booker: 38 Pts, 9 Ast, 14-22 FG
Durant: 25-6-5, 10-19 FG
Ayton: 14 Pts, 13 Reb, 7-10 FG
Craig: 17 Pts, 5-8 3P
Paul: 16 Pts, 8 Ast, 8-14 FG
Leonard: 31-9-7, 11-20 FG
Series tied 1-1 heading back to LA – 12:32 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul worked that right hand a little bit after the deflection of the ball. Started dribbling with it.
Hits jumper. Stares into crowd. Gives Durant 5.
Timeout #Clippers. Suns up 121-109 with 2 minutes left in game.
#Suns #Clippers #NBAPlayoffs – 12:26 AM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Nine points in the fourth quarter for Kawhi Leonard, who’s up to 31. Powell and Westbrook has six each this quarter. Within 115-108 with 3:13 to play, the Clippers have a chance, dodging a dagger three just now by an open KD. – 12:23 AM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
This is still a 7-point game. It’s nowhere near over. Booker with 38, KD 25. Kawhi with 31-7-7 and Russ with 27 – 12:22 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Nice luxury to be able to come out of a timeout and run a pindown for Kevin Durant in crunch time of a close playoff game – 12:19 AM
Dustin Dopirak @DustinDopirak
Devin Booker really making it look easy out there. – 12:16 AM
Dan Favale @danfavale
devin booker: special. – 12:16 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker is dialed in. 38 points. now 4-of-6 from 3. #Suns up 11 with under six minutes remaining. – 12:15 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
What Devin Booker is doing on both ends in a game where he’s heading for 45 minutes is pretty incredible – 12:15 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Phoenix leads 108-96 with 6:52 left. It’s been a 25-point turnaround again, just like Game 1.
This time, Clippers are running out of time to get the game back.
Too many Suns cooking, starting with Booker (35 points, 13/20 FGs).
Clippers not named Kawhi/Russ: 14/42 FGs (33.3%) – 12:11 AM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Felt to me like the balance of the offense was off for the Suns in the fourth quarter in Game 1. Lot of Chris Paul versus KD/Booker being the primary initiators. Big part of the second half success for me has been the use of those two in a more primary role. – 12:10 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant finds Okogie for layup. #Suns up 12 with 6:52 left. Timeout #Clippers12:09 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker has been the best player in a game featuring Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard. Suns fans used to pray for times like these – 12:07 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Footprint Center is chanting Westbrick after Russ blew by Booker and missed the dunk – 12:05 AM
Dustin Dopirak @DustinDopirak
Some phenomenal work by Paul and Booker since about the last few minutes of the second quarter. – 12:00 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant getting a breather.
Played 35 minutes. #Suns up nine as Paul scores. – 11:57 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Bones block of Booker was Booker’s only miss in an 18-point 3rd quarter (7/8 FGs).
Add 4 dimes, and Booker was responsible for more FGs in 3rd quarter (11) than Clippers (9/21 FGs). – 11:54 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Superstar third quarter from Devin Booker. Insane motor on both ends. So much dribble penetration to bring some flow to the offense. He had 18 points and 4 assists. Suns up 5. – 11:54 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Bones learned from Russ.
Blocks Booker drive and gets Clippers possession on last Suns possession of 3rd quarter.
Phoenix leads Clippers 92-87 through 3 quarters of Game 2.
Clippers aren’t getting nearly enough stops. Phoenix up to 60.7% FGs, 15/21 midrange FGs. – 11:53 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
KD & Book are cookin. Suns shooting 60% FG and 52% 3FG. Still only up 5. – 11:53 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker just had 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting in that 3rd quarter, plus 4 assists for another 10 Suns points. So he scored or assisted on 28 of their 33 points in the period. One of the best quarters of his playoff career – 11:52 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 3Q: PHX 92, LAC 87
Booker: 31 Pts, 7 Ast, 11-16 FG
Durant: 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 9-16 FG
Ayton: 12 Pts, 10 Reb, 6-9 FG
Craig: 15 Pts, 5-7 3P
Leonard: 22-6-6, 8-15 FG – 11:51 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Just an incredible quarter from Devin Booker. He’s been distributing to find 3s, getting his own shots off, attacking the drop coverage and hustling his ass off – 11:46 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Just as he did in the first quarter, Monty Williams seems to be adjusting by tying Kevin Durant and Devin Booker’s minutes together. In Game 1, Suns were hurt when playing Booker-plus-subs lineups late in the third. – 11:46 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant over Leonard, who came over to help Zubac, who answers on other end. #Suns up 7. – 11:34 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
The #Clippers were pointing at each other as if to say who is guarding who.
Durant got loose, banker. #Suns up 10. – 11:31 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns up by 10 now. They’re generating 3s and Devin Booker is attacking the drop from Zubac well – 11:30 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Booker has figured ’em out – 11:29 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker tried to graze the jumbotron with that moonshot 3 over Zubac. Unreal shot – 11:28 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Phoenix gets out to a 6-0 run to start second half
Phoenix leads 65-59, forcing Clippers timeout 104 seconds into 3rd quarter
Suns buckets came after a Clippers foul, a Suns offensive rebound, and a Devin Booker steal. – 11:26 PM
David Morrow @_DavidMorrow
Heady play from Eric Gordon to turn around and complain to the refs instead of getting back on defense and trying to stop Booker from getting an open dunk.
A strategy that never fails! – 11:24 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns start the 3Q on a 6-0 run and Devin Booker and Kevin Durant are fired up. Book with the steal and dunk in transition and the Clippers need a timeout – 11:24 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker jam. Suns 6-0 burst to open 2nd half. Timeout #Clippers.
#Suns up 65-59 with 10:16 left in 3rd quarter. – 11:24 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker inside. #Suns up two. – 11:21 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Loudest it’s been in this building so far in these playoffs. Let’s see if the Suns can build on the momentum from this Devin Booker bucket to beat the halftime buzzer:
pic.twitter.com/SlDCT2hNiH11:19 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns scored on eight straight possessions over 3:33 in the late second quarter.
Durant turned it over and then the Suns scored on their last two trips.
So, 10-for-11 on scoring possessions to end the first half. – 11:13 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Kevin Durant and Devin Booker scored or assisted on 21 of the Suns’ final 23 points of the 2Q. Getting stops, hitting 3s and stars playing like stars helps! – 11:12 PM
The Vertical @Balldontlie
Devin Booker’s first 3-pointer tonight ties things up at the half 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZH23GUkKL511:09 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
KD has guarded Westbrook, Kawhi, Zubac. Where’s the practical rest gonna come from for him to have something in the tank to guard Kawhi in the last six minutes? – 11:07 PM
Nick Wright @getnickwright
Obviously a great finish of the half for Phoenix.
Not hyperbole to say this 2nd half coming up is the highest leverage half of basketball KD has played since G7 of the Rd. 2 vs MIL in ’21.
I expect he’s going to be excellent. He knows they can’t fall down 0-2 at home. – 11:06 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Devin Booker’s 3 just erased a 13-point Clippers lead and ties game at 59 at halftime.
23-10 Phoenix run in last 5:32 of 1st half. That’s just powerful offense, and that’s reflected in 57.1% FGs Suns are shooting.
Russell Westbrook: game-high 17 points
KD/CP3/Ayton: 41 points – 11:06 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker 3 ties game 59-59 at half.
Trailed by as many as 13. Ended half on 18-8 run after being down 10 with 4:27 left in the 1st half. – 11:06 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Russ vs KD at half:
17 PTS 16 PTS
6-9 FG 7-13 FG
2-3 3P 0-1 3P pic.twitter.com/gynEMiVCcE11:06 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Halftime: LAC 59, PHX 59
Durant: 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 7-13 FG
Ayton: 12 Pts, 8 Reb, 6-8 FG
Booker: 13 Pts, 4-8 FG
Leonard: 16-6-5, 6-10 FG
I have no earthly idea how this game is tied, but Suns close 2Q on an 11-2 run – 11:05 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Huge shot from Devin Booker just before the end of the half with a 3 over Terance Mann. Game is tied at 59-59 but Suns go into the half with momentum having erased a 13-point Clippers lead. – 11:05 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
TOUGH shot Book – 11:05 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Huge sequence to end the half. The Suns tied it at 59 on a Book triple. They needed it in the worst way.
KD 16-5-3.
Kawhi 16-6-5 – 11:04 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monumental shot from Devin Booker to somehow tie the game right before halftime. Crowd has been begging for a run like that – 11:04 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant with 16 on 7-of-13 shooting with under minute in half.
Went 7-of-15 in Sunday’s loss. – 11:03 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Playoff Kawhi in full effect. He has 14 points, 7 assists, five rebounds so far. Froze Craig with a baseline driving dunk and when Suns sent late double, Kawhi split Booker and Shamet, drew Ayton out of paint before hitting Zubac for a dunk. Also has clean steal on KD. – 10:59 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Definitely heavy starter minutes for #Suns
Durant and Booker 19 minutes
Ayton 18. Paul 15. Craig 12.
Bench minutes: Shamet 10, Okogie 7, Lee and Biyombo 3 minutes each, Warren 2.
Down 57-48 with 2:24 left in half. – 10:58 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers lead 57-48 with 2:24 left.
Both teams went down and scored on six straight possessions, and Batum sent Durant to the line ahead of this mandatory timeout.
Suns are getting undone once again by possession battle. Clippers up 7-2 on offensive rebounds, 7-5 on turnovers. – 10:58 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Got shot making going on right now. Durant again,
Leonard to Zubac for dunk.
#Suns down nine. – 10:56 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Westbrook blow by.
Durant answer
#Suns down 7. – 10:55 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Little Westbrook Durant non-verbal exchange there. #Suns #Clippers10:54 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Craig 3.
Leonard answer with emphatic dunk.
Booker answer
#Suns down 10. – 10:53 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Bad miss inside by Booker after Leonard 3.
#Suns down 12. – 10:52 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
The curl off Ayton screen gets Durant ball on the move, scores over Zubac
Westbrook answer, fouled by Ayton. Hits FT.
#Suns down 11 – 10:50 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Clippers go +5 with Leonard resting as he checks back in. Booker is already back in too after a short rest. Desperate rotation already 1.5 games in. – 10:49 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers lead Suns 42-32 with 7:20 left in 1st half.
The Westbrook bench has come in and pushed the lead to double digits for the first time with Kawhi Leonard resting, and CP3/Durant/Ayton all on the floor.
T Mann outscoring Suns bench 8-5 by himself.
The depth is depthing. – 10:47 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant and Ayton pick-and-roll is something that’s there for #Suns
Ayton 2.
Powell answer
#Suns down nine. – 10:43 PM
NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
Russ and Kawhi have been all over KD on defense 🔒 pic.twitter.com/5lUKQk0aV810:43 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Paul had open corner and elected to go into the paint.
The offense is designed for the guy in the corner to shoot the 3.
#Suns down 33-26.
Damion Lee in for Warren, who played 2 minutes.
Durant in as well. #Suns10:42 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Looks like the plan tonight is an extended stagger of Booker/Durant.
Here comes Damion Lee as the 10th guy in. – 10:41 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
T.J. Warren in to start 2nd with Shamet, Booker, Ayton and Paul. #Suns10:37 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers lead 29-24 through one quarter of play in Game 2
Eric Gordon and Terance Mann have 4 of the 6 Clippers 3s. Kawhi Leonard leads all scorers with 8 points.
Kevin Durant’s aggression has been inefficient: 6 points on 3/8 FGs. – 10:36 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Clippers 29, Suns 22 | End 1 |
Kawhi in a full first quarter of play: 8 points, four rebounds, five assists, 3-6 from the field. 🔥
KD went all 12 too: 6 points, three rebounds, two assists, 3-8. – 10:35 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
This is new.
Got Ayton and Paul in for Biyombo and Okogie.
So now Paul, Ayton, Booker and Durant in to end quarter,
Mann 3.
Ayton 2.
#Suns down 5 after one. – 10:34 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Monty Williams isn’t repeating Sunday’s late 1Q rotation when Devin Booker was the only starter on the floor during a disastrous 90 seconds. He’s kept KD and Booker out there the entire quarter — but LAC leads 29-24, anyway, after one quarter. – 10:33 PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Kawhi Leonard is not giving Kevin Durant any room to operate – 10:32 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Look like Booker and Durant are going to play whole 1st quarter.
Go under minute left.
Leonard 3. Has 8. #Suns down 4. – 10:32 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Kawhi taking it from KD so easy – 10:32 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
What a sequence by Kawhi Leonard.
Just snatched that ball from Kevin Durant and bounces off a couple bodies for a dunk. Vintage stuff. – 10:31 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kawhi Leonard just mookie’d Kevin Durant and got the dunk as Booker and KD passed by – 10:31 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Leonard steal on Durant, coast to coast dunk.
BIyombo to Okogie corner 3 answer.
#Suns down one. – 10:30 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
KD keeps the dribble too high, Kawhi takes the cookies for a dunk. – 10:30 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
I could be mistaken, but it looks like Durant just told Biyombo to look at Booker on throw ahead as Biyombo went to Okogie.
Threw it too far. Turnover. #Suns #Clippers #NBAPlayoffs10:27 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Too many mistakes in transition on defense and that Bismack Biyombo turnover was a bad one. Devin Booker gestured “calm down” and Kevin Durant had some words for him after that, with Bizzy saying “my bad” – 10:26 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Suns are using Bismack Biyombo (6’8″, 255) on Kawhi Leonard (6’7″, 225) while using Kevin Durant as a rim protector – 10:24 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Tech on Torrey Craig after complaining about foul call.
Okogie in for Craig.
So you got Durant, Booker, Biyombo, Shamet and Okogie. #Suns down two. – 10:24 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
See the way Durant drove to the rim and then stopped on two feet and pulled up under control for a short jumper? That’s allowed! You don’t have to drive as fast as possible all the way to the basket and worry about someone taking a charge and all the rest. – 10:24 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
And Scott Foster starts Scott Fostering. A steal by Devin Booker is waved off for a foul on Torrey Craig, who reacts angrily and gets a technical foul – 10:23 PM
The Vertical @Balldontlie
“Russell Westbrook is the ultimate three-and-D player.”
–Kevin Durant, probably pic.twitter.com/eqVK7Aii7T10:21 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
It’s a beauty to watch Kevin Durant’s footwork – 10:21 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant scores over Mann in iso up top. Tie game. #Suns #Clippers10:20 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Kawhi guarding KD now. Phx finally getting KD on the move. Eludes Kawhi, bucket – 10:19 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant off curl screen, gets away from Leonard, scores.
Leonard answer. #Suns down 2. – 10:19 PM
NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
Russ giving KD PROBLEMS on defense 🍿 (via @NBA)
pic.twitter.com/V0CMt6R40N10:18 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Leonard on Durant out of the first timeout. – 10:17 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns 62.5% FGs
Durant 1-of-2, Craig 1-of-2, Booker 2-of-3, Paul 1-of-1, Ayton 0-of-0. – 10:16 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers out to a 13-11 lead with 6:56 left in 1st quarter.
Russell Westbrook blocked Kevin Durant again, and KD has two turnovers too.
Phoenix playing with greater urgency and physicality defensively, and they want to play faster.
Clippers already +4 in possessions – 10:16 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns went elbow for Durant. Clippers did not switch it that time but Leonard played more of a drop off Ayton. Durant went to feed Ayton but Zubac came all the way over from the weak-side corner off Craig to break that up. Clippers continue to execute through constant changes. – 10:15 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Russ is so hyped up. He got that block on KD but he’s gonna be going for everything. KD can bait and fool him, while still being aggressive – 10:14 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Craig talked about making Kawhi work to get the ball.
Did so on that last defensive possession. Westbrook scored on drive on Booker.
#Suns down 13-11. 6:56 left in 1st quarter. – 10:14 PM
Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
You think Westbrook is taking this Durant assignment personally? pic.twitter.com/7cqV0vqUdj10:13 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
You could hear Russell Westbrook’s smack on both the ball and Kevin Durant’s hand 😂 – 10:10 PM
Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
That Westbrook block on KD, I felt that. – 10:10 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Westbrook block on Durant from behind.
Gordon open 3.
Booker answer. #Suns down 1. – 10:09 PM
Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
Westbrook hits a catch-and-shoot 3, then blocks KD with a rear contest. – 10:09 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Russell Westbrook starts game on Kevin Durant… KD scores right away.
Batum is on CP3. – 10:08 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant offensive rebound, assist on Craig corner 3.
#Suns up 5-0. – 10:08 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Immediate mid-post touch for Kevin Durant, immediate bucket. No 0-for-5 start tonight! – 10:07 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Durant takes 1st shot with Westbrook guarding him.
Durant makes 1st shot. #Suns up 2-0. – 10:07 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Didn’t take Kevin Durant long to get his first bucket this time! – 10:06 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
STARTERS 4/18
LAC
Kawhi Leonard
Nicolas Batum
Ivica Zubac
Eric Gordon
Russell Westbrook
PHX
Torrey Craig
Kevin Durant
Deandre Ayton
Devin Booker
Chris Paul – 9:52 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker getting ready for Game 2 pic.twitter.com/DcQ66RebCO9:03 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“The great ones always do.”
Clippers coach Tyronn Lue on possibly seeing a more aggressive Kevin Durant in Game 2: pic.twitter.com/MQgOFOlWDP8:53 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
The Clippers expect Kevin Durant to be more aggressive. Said as much yesterday and Ty Lue said it again, tonight:
“The great ones always come out ready to go” after a playoff loss, Lue said. – 8:37 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Monty Williams on getting Kevin Durant more opportunities: “I can do a better job of giving him the ball in live-ball situations.” – 8:20 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Top clutch scorers last 10 seasons
2022-23: De’Aaron Fox
2021-22: Embiid
2020-21: Dame
2019-20: CP3
2018-19: Harden
2017-18: LeBron
2016-17: Westbrook
2015-16: Reggie Jackson (!!)
2014-15: Harden
2013-14: Durant – 7:27 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
KD got one shot in the last six minutes. That is not why he’s in Phoenix. He made the right plays. Him attacking is making the best play.
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Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“You got Kevin freaking Durant, he’s gotta get touches down the stretch”
@TermineRadio & @JumpShot8 breaks down #Clippers #Suns before tonight’s game 2
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StatMuse @statmuse
Most 30-point playoff games by an active player:
118 — LeBron
[gap]
71 — Durant
52 — Steph
45 — Harden
34 — Kawhi
32 — Giannis pic.twitter.com/wpQQFS8wnC11:52 AM

NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
KD vs. Kawhi is the matchup we’ve been waiting for 🍿
@WindhorstESPN details this superstar NBA playoff battle we never expected on @ESPNPlus es.pn/43Ifo99 pic.twitter.com/mLO6v9ULHj10:40 AM

Bill Reiter @sportsreiter
Back on Reiter Than You from 10-noon ET on @CBSSportsRadio: Draymond melts down, Kings take 2-0 lead, Hurts contract, KD’s quandary, Bryce Young, @tomhaberstroh, Buy/Sell, @DecelCBS vs James Harden, Purdy worries, more.
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@SIRIUSXM 158 – 9:51 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Fuck it. Here’s my fake trade. Draymond Green for DeAndre Ayton.
Both fans are gonna hate it. Obviously won’t happen if either wins the West. But Ishbia gets his Michigan State dude. Warriors go back to two timelines. KD appears on a very special episode of Draymond’s podcast. – 12:53 AM

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Clutch Points: Reporter: “Did you need a win today to prove that you could win with Kevin Durant?” Devin Booker: “That’s a 2-time champ. a 2-time Finals MVP. He’s proven enough. We didn’t lose any games with each other in the regular season & we just dropped Game 1.” (via @TomerAzarly) pic.twitter.com/koFBxgcbQW -via Twitter @ClutchPointsApp / April 19, 2023
StatMuse: Kevin Durant tonight: 25 PTS 6 REB 5 AST 2 BLK 10-19 FG The only player with 500+ points against Kawhi Leonard in the playoffs… Durant has 600. pic.twitter.com/d1K3COR82H -via Twitter @statmuse / April 19, 2023
Gerald Bourguet: Chris Paul and Devin Booker were asked about playing through no calls or bad calls, and Paul confirmed it’s a point of emphasis through the playoffs. Booker added: “It’s mostly us two [complaining], so we gotta hold each other accountable with it.” -via Twitter @GeraldBourguet / April 19, 2023
StatMuse: Devin Booker in Game 2: 38 PTS 9 AST 14-22 FG 4-7 3P And a 25-point second half. pic.twitter.com/OjusvJcvmj -via Twitter @statmuse / April 19, 2023





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