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.
Deandre Ayton is the 2nd player in postseason history to shoot 90% (or better) in a 20-point, 15-rebound game against the Lakers, joining Bill Russell, who did it in Game 2 of the 1965 NBA Finals h/t @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/T0CXG8LBQW— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 23, 2021
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.