Suns' Devin Booker on Game-Winning Photo: 'I'm Not a Big Celebration Guy'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2020

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker falls to the ground after scoring the game-winning basket against the Los Angeles Clippers in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)
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Sometimes the best celebrations are the ones in which you weren't celebrating much at all.

Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker connected on a turnaround jumper at the buzzer to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 117-115 on Tuesday. Rather than exuberantly running around the court, he simply remained flat on the hardwood before getting mobbed by his teammates.


🚨☀️ D-BOOK WINS IT 🚨☀️ Devin Booker pumps, spins, rises up and BURIES the #TissotBuzzerBeater to lift the @Suns to 3-0 in Orlando! #ThisIsYourTime #RisePHX #WholeNewGame https://t.co/iKsqbAeMWv

"I'm not a big celebration guy," Booker said of the moment, per The Athletic's Joe Vardon. "You've seen me in the past when I've hit a big shot. But they caught me on the ground. I couldn't get away from them."

The Suns desperately needed the victory because, with five contests remaining, they sit three games out of the eighth seed in the Western Conference and 1.5 games off ninth place, a position in which they could qualify for the playoffs by virtue of a play-in game.

Booker might not be a "a big celebration guy," but he'd have plenty to celebrate if Phoenix can reach the postseason for the first time since 2010.