Western Conference Finals: Full Breakdown of the Last Minute of Game 2

Pranav Ramasubramanian 

June 23, 2021

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2021's NBA Playoffs commenced on May 22nd. This year's Western Conference Finals featured the Phoenix Suns against the Los Angeles Clippers with the vanquisher advancing to the NBA Finals. Devin Booker guided the Phoenix Suns to a Game 1 triumph with 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists. Game 2 also manifested to be a taut battle furthermore resulting in the match being decided in the last few possessions. This is what transpired in those possessions for the Suns to attain a 104-103 victory on Tuesday taking an authoritative 2-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Possession #1

After a Devin Booker offensive foul, he commits a defensive foul getting tangled up with Paul George venturing to get by an Ivica Zubac screen making him lose his footing momentarily. The Los Angeles Clippers were in the Bonus. Paul George makes both free throws. 

Possession #2

Ivica Zubac blocks Cameron Payne's layup with Paul George snatching the rebound.

Possession #3

Paul George goes coast-to-coast maneuvering himself past Devin Booker and Jae Crowder for a layup. 

Possession #4

Devin Booker takes two dribbles and rises up over Patrick Beverley to nail the jumper. 

Possession #5

Paul George sinks a 22-foot pullup. 

Possession #6

Devin Booker was driving to the rim when Patrick Beverley made a smart defensive play by knocking the ball away prompting the basketball to go out-of-bounds. 

Possession #7

After further review, the officials (Scott Foster, Kane Fitzgerald, Curtis Blair) accorded the ball to the Los Angeles Clippers proclaiming Devin Booker touched the ball last via a deflection. The Suns were forced to foul as there were under 24 seconds left in the game meaning the shot clock was turned off. Mikal Bridges committed the foul. Paul George missed both free throws and Mikal Bridges seized the rebound gesticulating timeout.

Possession #8

Monty Williams drew up a play for Mikal Bridges in the timeout, but his corner three-pointer after the timeout missed. DeAndre Ayton's hustle for the rebound enforced Terance Mann to tap the ball out-of-bounds. Another replay review rewarded Monty Williams one last chance to draw up a play. Jae Crowder threw the ball up in the air in the form of a lob to DeAndre Ayton, who was able to create a petite detachment from his defender Ivica Zubac because of his blazing speed, apt size, and courtesy of a Devin Booker screen that aided Ayton to manipulate his body to get to the ball and dunk it over Zubac with the Suns supposedly winning the game as the buzzer on the floor had blared. However, it was ruled on the floor that seven ticks on the clock remained subsequently ensuing Ayton's basket. Paul George was unable to catch-and-shoot the ball rapidly enough before the clock expired.

Western Conference Finals Schedule on ESPN 

Game 3 Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Clippers 6:00 PM CT/9:00 PM ET on the 24th.

Game 4 Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Clippers 6:00 PM CT/9:00 PM ET on the 26th. 

Game 5 (if necessary) Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns 6:00 PM CT/9:00 PM ET on the 28th.

Game 6 (if necessary) Phoenix Suns at Los Angeles Clippers 6:00 PM CT/9:00 PM ET on the 30th. 

Game 7 (if necessary) Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns 6:00 PM CT/9:00 PM ET on the 2nd.