The new role player for the Phoenix Suns, Damion Lee, is aware of the protocol that must be followed on the final play of an NBA game. As a result, he threw the ball to All-Star guard Devin Booker with approximately 15 seconds remaining in the game, anticipating Booker to take the game-winning shot.
When Booker gave it to Lee, he immediately gave it back. The Suns returned from a 22-point deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-105 on Wednesday night, thanks mainly to 6-foot-5 forward David Lee. He rewarded Booker’s faith by sinking a tough jumper over Spencer Dinwiddie in the final 9.7 seconds of the game.
Booker chuckled, “I got double-teamed, so I made the correct play.” I have faith in my teammates and the other players on the field. We have done some investigating and planning for this. Various defenses will be used against me by opposing teams.
Booker scored a game-high 28 points for the Blazers. Lee put up all 11 of his points in the last frame.
After spending four years with the Warriors, Lee signed with the Suns in the offseason and promptly nailed three clutch 3-pointers in the fourth, the greatest of which came in the game’s final seconds.
Lee instructed me to “just make a play” with the ball in my possession. Of course, I’m getting all the glory for making the winning shot, but it was a collective effort.
Luka Doncic, a talented player for Dallas, whiffed on a 3-point severe attempt at the buzzer. Doncic noted that the team still had work to do because it was the first game and some new players were on the squad. There are still 81 more games to go. Finally, we’re going to get this right.
The Suns, who were ousted from the playoffs in a humiliating way the previous season, pulled off an incredible come-from-behind triumph.
Even after falling behind 67-45 in the third quarter and 93-80 with eight minutes remaining, the Suns never gave up. With 3:10 to go, Cameron Payne’s basket gave the Suns their first edge since the initial quarter, 101-100.