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Suns stars Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton shock LeBron James, Anthony Davis with historic playoff debuts

Suns, Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker, LeBron James, Lakers, Anthony Davis

The Phoenix Suns outshined LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers in the opener of their Round 1 playoff series, thanks in large part to Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton.

Booker and Ayton recorded a brilliant start to what should be many more playoff games, as even LeBron and Davis were unable to do anything against them.

Booker, for his part, bagged 34 points to lead the Suns to a 99-90 victory. It also set a new franchise record for most points in a playoff debut, erasing any worry that he might struggle in his first taste of playoff action.

On the other hand, Ayton absolutely dominated Davis in their matchup. While AD arguably had the worst game of his playoff career, the Suns center was the complete opposite with a massive double-double of 21 pints and 16 boards. He also did so on 91 percent shooting from the field, making him the first player in Phoenix history to have a 20-15 playoff game on  at least 90 percent shooting.

LeBron James had 18 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists for the Lakers. However, it was clearly not enough to counter Devin Booker’s production. Meanwhile, Anthony Davis finished with just 13 points and seven rebounds. Deandre Ayton had more offensive rebounds than AD’s total board count!

The Suns certainly couldn’t wish for a better start than this, and they will hope this performance will give them more confidence as they try to win their first-round series against the Lakers.

Of course it won’t be easy. However, the Suns are the second-seeded team in the West for a reason.