Pelicans Disturb Suns Losing Devin Booker

PHOENIX — Brandon Ingram scored 37 points, CJ McCollum added 23 and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the highest seeded Phoenix Suns 125-114 on Tuesday night in Game 2, the evening’s series in their Western Conference first round matchup.

Not only did the Suns lose the game, but they are also uncertain about the health status of All-Star guard Devin Booker, who was spectacular in the first half with 31 points before leaving with a tight right hamstring in the third quarter.

The Suns — who led the NBA with a franchise record of 64 regular-season wins — trailed 77-74 when he left.

Phoenix kept the game close without the leading scorer and even took a lead early in the fourth inning, but the Pelicans rallied and got big 3s from Jose Alvarado, Ingram and McCollum to gain an advantage they couldn’t. would give up.

Ingram added tough back-to-back jumpers in the closing minutes to keep one last Suns rally at bay. New Orleans took its first playoff win since 2018.

Brandon Ingram, who scored 37 points, rides Cameron Payne in the Pelicans’ 125-114 win over the Suns.

Ingram finished 13 of 21 shooting from the field.

Game 3 is on Friday in New Orleans.

The Pelicans admitted they were a little surprised by the intensity of their Game 1 loss, especially during the first half when they fell into a 19-point half-time gap. They didn’t make the same mistake on Tuesday, taking a 30-28 lead after a quarter.

The Suns rallied 61-56 at halftime thanks to a run of goals from Booker. He scored all of his 31 in the first half on 12 of 18 shots, including 7 of 10 from a 3-point range. He hit a 30-footer just before the halftime buzzer after the Pelicans inexplicably left it open.

Booker left the game and went to the locker room late in the third quarter. On possession before he left, he jumped to contest a New Orleans fastbreak shot, but it wasn’t immediately apparent he was injured.

He returned with warm-ups at the start of the fourth quarter and never re-entered the game. Booker missed several games earlier in the season with a hamstring injury.

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