Phoenix Suns merciless in Lakers takedown — and it was fun

Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker (Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Phoenix Suns shot down the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, winning Game 6 — and the series  — in L.A. on Thursday.

As a forever NBA fan, our temptation to chronicle this one in real time was too tough to ignore.

The Phoenix Suns knock out the Los Angeles Lakers, first quarter

Playoff Jae times 3. The veteran provides a shockingly quick start.

8:05 left in the first quarter: A.D. begins the foundation for excuses, clutching his upper leg/groin.

LeBron not exactly playing downhill, shoots his second 3 without attempting to drive the lane.

6:05 A.D. out. What doctor OK’d his health? Dr. J? Dr. Kevorkian?

5:55 Mikal is better than Kyle Kuzma, offensive board and a putback.

Turnover L.A.

One more pass … Bridges to Booker — TRIPLE — and it’s 21-10.

Grant Hill makes the obligatory excuse for LeBron (high ankle, blah blah). And then it happened. A national outlet gave the Suns a little love. “… But also, give credit to the defense.”

Well, thank you.

LeBron and his, uh, “big shoulders” roll into the lane, spin and take an off-balance fadeway. No good.

Devin Booker? TRIPLE, TRIPLE!!! It’s 27-10.


Book and Playoff Jae Crowder are 7-7 from 3-point range.

“Credit the Suns,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said after the game.

Well, thank you, Coach.

Kuzma hits one as play by play guy Kevin Harlan offers another mention of LeBron’s ankle injury — you know, LeBron, whose head was even with the rim earlier this series, right?

Back to the action.

BOOKER TRIPLE, BOOKER TRIPLE!! He’s now 6-6 from long range and the Suns hold a 33-12 lead.

Timeout Lakers.

Cam Payne gets hungry and busts the Suns’ 10th 3-pointer in the quarter. TEN!!

Suns hold Lakers to a season-low 14-point quarter.

This is reminiscent of Game 4, when the Suns just took it from L.A.