They put that on full display in Sunday’s Game 4, with each Booker and Durant scoring 36 points in a 129-124 victory. And we have a series, folks — as things are now tied at 2-all, with Game 5 back in Denver.
If Booker and Durant can bring their show on the road … well, who knows what might e next.
Either way, their performance on Sunday offset a 53-point eruption from Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, who also contributed 11 assists and one shove of the opposing team’s owner.
That would be none other than Mat Ishbia, who just took over the franchise in February. Ishbia just happened to stand up at the wrong time when Jokic when to retrieve a loose ball from the stands. It seemed as if Ishbia intended to let Jokic hear it — though that part was unclear. What we do know is Jokic seemed to use his left forearm to shove Ishbia aside, with the Suns owner falling back into his chair.
"He can have 50 all he wants as long as we get the win."
Book wasn't phased by the career night from Jokić pic.twitter.com/iYfJuM3c4i
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 8, 2023
But the action soon carried on, and the Suns got the victory they needed to turn this into a best-of-three affair. Two of those are in Denver.
Can Durant and Booker do it again? Can Jokic?
Great flop by Mat Ishbia to draw the foul pic.twitter.com/oFCMKSyfjF
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) May 8, 2023
We will know the answers by the end of the week, and it appears this series is truly up for grabs. Just don’t reach too high, or Jokic may send you back to the ground.
Jamal Murray added 28 points for the Nuggets.
Landry Shamet scored 19 in reserve for the Suns, who held a 40-11 advantage in bench scoring. And by the way, Booker is shooting nearly 80 percent over the last two games, finishing 14-of-18 shooting in this one.