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Devin Booker of the Suns Misses Game 2 With a Hamstring Injury, as the Pelicans Win to Even the Series

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On Tuesday night, the Phoenix Suns lost more than simply Game 2 of their first-round series.

After a 31-point first half, Devin Booker had right hamstring discomfort in the third quarter and sat out the whole fourth quarter in a 125-114 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in front of a sellout crowd of 17,071 at Footprint Center.

Coach Monty Williams says Booker damaged his hamstring while attempting to return to transition defence.

Brandon Ingram led all scorers with 37 points in Game 3 of the series, which will be played in New Orleans on Friday.

After a 31-point first half, Booker only took one shot in the third quarter as New Orleans led by seven points going into the fourth. In the fourth inning, he was declared out for the remainder of the game.

After testing positive for COVID-19, Booker lost seven games during the regular season due to a left hamstring strain and four more in the NBA's health and safety standards. In those games, the Suns went 8-3.

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In the first half, Booker made 7 of 10 3-point attempts. In Game 6 of last year's first round against the Los Angeles Lakers, he set a career high for made 3-pointers in a game with eight.

With 4:44 left in the first half and the Suns trailing 43-42, Booker scored 15 of the team's final 19 points and sank three three-pointers, the final one coming from 29 feet to give Phoenix a 61-56 halftime lead. Mikal Bridges was responsible for the remaining four points.

"Next man up if we have to play without Book," Williams remarked after the game.

Chris Paul, the Suns' point guard, echoed his coach's sentiments.

Paul stated, "We've got players that are more than capable of stepping up." "The book was lethal. He was having a huge game, but that's how it goes."

On Sunday, Phoenix won Game 1 with Booker scoring 25 points.


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