Devin Booker scored 22 of his 47 points in a phenomenal first quarter as the Phoenix Suns won their first playoff series since 2010, knocking out reigning NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-100 victory in of the sixth game on Thursday night.
Jae Crowder scored 18 points for the second-seeded Suns, who won three straight games to send LeBron James to a first-round loss in the series for the first time in his 18-year NBA career.
Phoenix will meet Denver in the second round. Game 1 is Monday in Phoenix. Chris Paul had eight points and 12 assists for the Suns, who took a huge advantage in the opening minutes of Game 6, while the Lakers’ Anthony Davis struggled and eventually left due to his groin injury. .
Although the Suns lost much of their 29-point lead early on, they patiently held off against the Lakers and James, who had 29 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Dennis Schröder scored 20 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 19 for the Lakers.
Elsewhere, Nikola Jokic scored 36 points and Denver knocked out Portland in six games to reach the Western Conference semifinals for the third straight season.
Michael Porter Jr. added 26 points, including 22 in the first quarter, for the third-seeded Nuggets. Damian Lillard finished with 28 points and 13 assists for the sixth-seeded Blazers. They led by 14 points in the third quarter, but couldn’t avoid elimination.