*DEVIN BOOKER’ S TWO MOST IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCES OF HIS CAREER WERE THE FINAL TWO GAMES OF THIS SERIES: In the series clincher, Booker had 22 points in the first quarter, 33 in the first half and finished with a season-high 47 on 15 of 26 from the field, eight of 10 from behind the arc and nine of nine from the line PLUS 11 rebounds.
*CHRIS PAUL CLOSED OUT THE LAKERS: After the Lakers cut the Suns 29-point lead to 94-84, Paul made a two, assisted on a three by Mikal Bridges and scored another hoop on three consecutive possessions to give the Suns a 101-84 lead that basically ended the series with 6:42 remaining.
*THE SUNS WON THE REBOUNDING BATTLE 42-35: It was NOT a coincidence that the Suns won all three games when winning the board battle.
*IT WAS BAFFLING THAT ANTHONY DAVIS WAS MEDICALLY CLEARED: It was immediately obvious that he couldn’t run. He was officially finished 5:25 into the game because of the groin injury. Davis had zero shots (field goals or free throws) and one rebound.
*LEBRON JAMES WAS PREVIOUSLY 14-0 IN FIRST-ROUND SERIES: In addition, James had never lost consecutive first-round games. The Suns won the last three games of this series.
*JAMES TOOK A PAGE FROM THE KOBE BRYANT CLASSLESS ACT BOOK: James bolted for the locker room at the final buzzer, failing to congratulate any of the Suns. In 2006, Bryant, after the Suns won Game Seven to eliminated the Lakers, showed even less class than James, escaping to the locker room during the final seconds before the final buzzer.