Missed Devin Booker foul nearly ruined the NBA Finals

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New York Post 15 July, 2021 - 09:17am 13 views

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How many fouls does Booker have?

Devin Booker has been playing in the fourth quarter with five fouls, and Twitter is stunned that he did not pick up his sixth foul on this play (see Tweet below from CrossedSports with the video of the play). Sports IllustratedNBA Finals Suns-Bucks: Twitter Is STUNNED Devin Booker Didn't Foul Out On This Play

By David Lazar

July 15, 2021 | 10:17am | Updated July 15, 2021 | 10:17am

If the Suns had prevailed in Game 4, the NBA Finals would been completely altered and the instant outrage would have spilled over for days.

When Devin Booker had five fouls in Game 4 against the Bucks – one more would have removed him from the game – the referees missed an obvious call against the star guard. Booker attempted to disrupt a layup attempt from Bucks guard Jrue Holiday. Booker blatantly reached in and clearly fouled his opponent late in the fourth quarter, but the officials decided to let the violation go.

“I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know,” Holiday said when asked about the non-call.

Added referee James Capers after the game. “During live play, I saw a clean sweep of the ball and thought it was a no call. However, after seeing the replay, I now realize that I missed Booker’s right arm around the waist of Holiday, and it should have been a defensive foul on the play.”

This moment nearly changed the NBA Finals, as Booker – who led all players with 42 points on 17-for-28 shooting – was able to continue in the game. Nonetheless, courtesy of a brilliant and critical block from Giannis Antetokounmpo – who thought “[he] was going to get dunked on, to be honest” – and some big shots by Khris Middleton the Bucks held on for a 109-103 win to tie the series 2-2.

“Going down the stretch, we kept believing in ourselves. We kept executing,” Antetokounmpo said. “We wanted this bad, and the team showed it tonight. But we got to keep getting better.”

NBA players and reporters took to Twitter to share their feelings on the missed call.

Wow no foul there sheesh …

Yeah I wouldn’t make that call either D-Book had 5 fouls ain’t no way I’m not letting him finish this game

after that no-call Booker could get Stone Cold Stunnered into a People's Elbow into a Tombstone into an RKO into getting thrown off the Hell in a Cell cage and the refs aren't giving him shit.

One of the all time no calls on Booker’s 6th foul. Legendary stuff. He actually fouled him twice!!!!

The referees deliberating if they want to allow Devin Booker to get 7 or 8 fouls this game… pic.twitter.com/645LwHRc2p

Game 5 of the 2021 NBA Finals will take place in Phoenix Saturday night at 9 p.m. The home team has won each of the first four games in the series.

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Suns’ Devin Booker sets record for most points in first postseason

FanSided 14 July, 2021 - 05:46pm

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JULY 14: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns drives against P.J. Tucker #17 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first quarter in Game Four of the NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum on July 14, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Devin Booker is re-writing the history books in his first trip to the NBA Finals. Entering Game 4 on Wednesday night, the Phoenix Suns guard had already reached 500 points in the first 19 playoff games of his career.

With a 42-point performance in a losing effort, Booker surpassed NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry for the most points in a debut postseason run. He went 17 of 27 from the floor and hit eight of nine free throws.

With at least two games remaining in the NBA Finals, Booker still has time to add to his 542-point total.

Devin Booker's making history in his first postseason run 😤 pic.twitter.com/APiIj0MDWF

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 15, 2021

Booker’s performance put him in elite company. Barry’s NBA record – 521 points – had stood since 1967. Julius “Dr. J” Erving came oh-so-close to breaking it in 1977, scoring 518 in his first postseason.

Elite company 👏 pic.twitter.com/23DtPbv5a4

— FanSided (@FanSided) July 15, 2021

Booker’s latest scoring burst might have some folks wondering about the most points scored in a single NBA Finals game. That record belongs to Los Angeles Lakers legend Elgin Baylor, who scored 61 points against the Boston Celtics back in 1962.

Both Barry and Michael Jordan hit 55 points in 1967 and 1993, respectively. Only three other players – Bob Pettit, Jerry West and LeBron James have scored 50-plus in an NBA Finals game.

The pressure of the Finals is enormous and only continues growing as the series stretches on. 24-year-old Devin Booker is proving he’s more than ready to rise to the occasion.

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