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Deandre Ayton dominates in first playoff game as Suns down Lakers in Game 1

2021 NBA Playoffs - Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns Photo by Michael Gonzales/NBAE via Getty Images

After Chris Paul suffered a shoulder contusion early in the first half, the Phoenix Suns needed all hands on deck to beat the Lakers in their playoff opener.

Former Arizona Wildcats center Deandre Ayton stepped up with 21 points and 16 rebounds on 10-of-11 shooting in a 99-90 victory. Per ESPN stats and info, Ayton is the second player in postseason history to shoot 90 percent (or better) in a 20-point, 15-rebound against the Lakers, joining the legendary Bill Russell.

Ayton completely outclassed Anthony Davis, who only posted 13 points and seven rebounds on 5-of-16 shooting.

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It was a big victory for the Suns. Not just because they took a 1-0 series lead on the defending champs, but because they had not won a playoff game since 2011 and the win instills a sense of belief moving forward.

Devin Booker was tremendous as well, pouring in 34 points, eight assists and seven rebounds on 13-of-26 shooting.

Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. MST on TNT.