LeBron James had never lost in the first round of the playoffs of the NBA. In fact, the removal of Los angeles lakers at the hands of Phoenix Suns (4-2) marks the first time since 2010 that ‘The King’ has not played in the Finals. A turning point in the final stretch of one of the best players in history.

Devin Booker, with an impressive performance by 47 points, he struck down LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers in the sixth game of the series (100-113) and the purple and gold will not revalidate the ring obtained in the “bubble” after the Phoenix Suns gave the bell.

The tremendous failure of the Los Angeles team took shape in a night for oblivion in the Staples Center from the Californian city. Booker slaughtered the reigning NBA champions with a heavenly first half in which he scored 33 points (7 of 8 from 3-pointers), only 8 less than the entire home team in the first half (41-62).

The Suns went on to win by 29 points in the second quarter and they mercilessly shook some totally dejected Lakers who, despite everything, tried until the last moment a comeback that was impossible.

In a fantastic collective performance by the Suns (51% on field goals and 3s), Booker was accompanied by a precise Jae Crowder what added 18 points, all of them in hot moments of the duel.

In the Lakers, LeBron James was the most outstanding with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Anthony Davis, who missed Game 5 with a groin injury, started for the Lakers but had to retire after playing just five minutes.

Although the Suns appeared throughout the series as a much stronger team, the collapse of the Lakers is still a huge surprise. After proclaiming themselves champions last year, the Californians moved boldly in the market and were reinforced with highly contrasted players such as Marc Gasol, Montrezl Harrell, Dennis Schroder O Wesley Matthews. But the season has been an ordeal.

Anthony Davis and LeBron James were out for weeks due to injury, Marc Gasol was infected with coronavirus, Andre Drummond arrived as a stellar signing in March but did not meet expectations, and a very irregular regular season finale sentenced them to the play-in after finishing seventh in the Western Conference.


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