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Suns lose in shocker to Pelicans, Devin Booker injured

Suns lose in shocker to Pelicans, Devin Booker injured

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Apr 20
SW Creative
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The New Orleans Pelicans surprised the world after they outdueled the top-seed Phoenix Suns by 11 points, 125-114, at the Footprint Center in Arizona on Tuesday.

The Pelicans were led by Brandon Ingram’s 37 points on 13-of-21 shooting, 10 of which he made in just five minutes before the game ended.

Guard C.J. McCollum added 23 points on 6-of-10 from distance.

Three-time NBA All-Star Devin Booker, who scored 31 points for the Suns in the first half, walked off the court due to a “hamstring tightness” after trying to chase down Jaxson Hayes with 4:35 left in the third quarter.

The Suns took the lead at one point in the final quarter. However, with their leading scorer sidelined, they were unable to take that definitive extra leap.

Phoenix head coach Monty Williams was especially concerned about the team’s defense in the fourth quarter.

“Transition defense. That’s probably the worst we’ve ever looked. That’s deflating,” Williams said.

With the Suns loss, the Golden State Warriors are the only team among the top 4 seeds who still have winning streaks after they defeated the Denver Nuggets both times in the playoffs’ first round.

The Suns led the league with a franchise-record 64 wins in the regular season.

The series is now tied 1–1 with Game 3 set for Friday in New Orleans.

It was amazing, just to see him work, just stopped calling plays and let him call them. He was getting the ball. His teammates were finding him. He hit some incredible shots.

- Willie Green on Brandon Ingram

“Transition defense. That’s probably the worst we’ve ever looked. That’s deflating.”

- Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams on Suns fourth quarter performance

Devin Booker (2022 All Star Weekend) (retouched)
  • Brandon Ingram

    Brandon Xavier Ingram is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association .

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  • Devin Booker

    Devin Armani Booker is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association . He is the son of former basketball player Melvin Booker.

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  • Phoenix Suns

    The Phoenix Suns are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They compete in the National Basketball Association ,

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  • New Orleans Pelicans

    The New Orleans Pelicans are an American professional basketball team based in New Orleans.

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