Happy anniversary, Suns fans. Exactly one year ago today, Devin Booker made that improbable game-winner over Paul George to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.
The thrilling win meant nothing in the immediate scheme of things. The Phoenix Suns still missed the playoffs for the 10th straight time. The Clippers were just warming up and remained one of the favorites to win the title.
But THAT WIN was the cornerstone of an 8-0 Bubble run that led to Chris Paul orchestrating a trade to the Valley that led to the Suns getting the #2 seed in the West that led to the Suns beating the Clippers for the Western Conference Championship that led to the Suns third Finals appearance in franchise history.
THAT WIN was the start of something really special.
A year ago today, Book hit this cold game-winner pic.twitter.com/4QAeIRNiA6— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 4, 2021
We knew it in the moment. Those who watched the game live knew what had just happened the moment that it happened. You knew you were seeing a legend in the making.
A year later, Devin Booker is a big winner. He’s a two-time All-Star. He’s a conference champ. He’s arguably the second-best player on Team USA in these Tokyo Olympics, with the medal round starting tonight.
No NBA team has won more games than the Suns (71) since Booker hit that shot.
Booker’s 71 wins (including the Olympics) since then are the second-most of any player in the league. He’s second only to... teammate Jae Crowder’s 72 wins in the same time period.
Never forget that Book moment, Suns fans. I know Devin Booker won’t.