The Suns finally ended a decade-long playoff drought after finishing the regular season as the second seed in the Western Conference.
Booker had a great regular-season showing en route to being named an All-Star, despite not playing because of a knee sprain.
Still, Booker has thrived in the playoffs when it matters most.
In his first-ever playoff series, the 24-year-old guard averaged 29.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists to propel Phoenix past the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
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“We experienced the Lakers series. I’m glad we went through that, I’m glad we had those two losses because you learn so much in that time…Having going through that experience, you know, shaped us for the next series.”
After bouncing the defending champions, the Suns swept the Nuggets and beat the Clippers in six games.
Now, Phoenix must beat the Bucks four times in order to claim its first title in franchise history.