Sport NBA Playoffs 2021: Chris Paul leads balanced offence as big second-half run helps Suns comfortably clinch Game 1
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Make that four straight postseason wins for the Phoenix Suns as they rode the momentum from the first round into Game 1 of the Conference Semifinals against the Denver Nuggets.
Led by their starters, who combined for 99 of their total points, the young team flipped the game on its head with a huge second-half run and eventually cruised to a 122-105 win to take a 1-0 series lead.
Bridges scored a game-high 23 points, 13 of which came in the third quarter, Chris Paul finished with his double-double of the postseason with 21 points (14 in the fourth) and 10 assists while Devin Booker added 21 points and eight assists.
By the numbers: Devin Booker explodes for career playoff high 47 points in Game 6 to eliminate Lakers
Devin Booker produced an almighty first round performance to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 4-2 win over the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. Booker was unstoppable in Game 6, pouring in 47 points to help the Suns clinch the series.Phoenix Suns' star Devin Booker poured in 47 points to lead his team to a 4-2 series win over the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.
Thehad four 20+ point scorers in their Game 1 win. The last time PHX had four players score 20+ points in an game was on 05/04/2006.
32 points - Steve Nash
22 points - Leandro Barbosa
21 points - Tim Thomas
20 points - Shawn Marion— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats)
For the Nuggets, five players finished in double figures led by their NBA MVP frontrunner Nikola Jokic - 22 points, nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks.
Here's a quick look at the takeaways from this one:
Game-changing 39-12 run
For much of the first 2.5 quarters of this game, the Nuggets were in front. They didn't run away with it but were ahead for the majority of that time.
However, supported by a vocal crowd in Phoenix, the Suns turned things around in the second half with their defence.
NBA Playoffs 2021: Chris Paul dominates and Phoenix Suns race out to a 2-0 series lead over Denver Nuggets
For the second consecutive game, the Phoenix Suns used a third quarter blitz to rock the Denver Nuggets. Led by Chris Paul, the Suns blew out the Nuggets after halftime and now take a commanding 2-0 lead as the series moves to Denver.The Phoenix Suns blew out the Denver Nuggets 123-98 in Game 2, dominating on both ends of the floor led by stars Chris Paul and Devin Booker.
Big time 4th quarter plays from CP3, Cam Payne and Torrey Craig!— NBA (@NBA) up 14 on TNT.
Over an approximately 11-minute period in the second half, they went on a 39-12 run which helped them turn a 72-63 deficit to a 102-84 lead.
Multiple players stepped up in the run but Mikal Bridges was the catalyst to it all in the third quarter. He scored or assisted on 12 of the team's last 25 points in the period which included 16 unanswered.
Booker triple, plus the foul... 16-0 Suns run on TNT!— NBA (@NBA) 72 79
all day— Phoenix Suns (@Suns)
Ayton wins matchup with Jokic
The opposing big man to Jokic, Deandre Ayton played exactly the same number of minutes - 35:05 and surprisingly, the Suns' young center won the contest.
NBA Playoffs 2021: Devin Booker and Chris Paul sink Denver Nuggets as Phoenix Suns take commanding 3-0 lead
The Denver Nuggets are officially on the brink of elimination. Chris Paul and Devin Booker were once again the stars for the Phoenix Suns, with the No. 2 seed now taking a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.In the latest clinical performance from Monty Williams' squad, the back court duo of Devin Booker and Chris Paul once again starred to lead Phoenix to the 116-102 win.
Deandre Ayton matched the MVP minute for minute tonight.
Ayton had 20 PTS, 10 REB.
Jokic had 22 PTS, 9 REB.
The Suns won those minutes by 13 points.— StatMuse (@statmuse)
En route to recording the fifth double-double of his debut playoffs, Ayton held Jokic to 10-of-22 shooting from the field and forced him to commit four of Nuggets' 12 turnovers.
For perspective, Jokic has an average shooting efficiency of 52.8 percent from the field and 2.7 turnovers in the 2021 playoffs.
Nuggets supporting cast steps up in vain
With Jokic struggling, by his lofty standards, Denver were competitive early on because their supporting cast stepped up.
For the game, three starters in Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon and Facundo Campazzo combined for 47 points on 19-of-36 shooting (52.8 percent) from the field while contributing across the board.
Campazzo with the no-look ????— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT)
Gordon and Campazzo contributed a little more, combining for eight assists and five steals as well. Off the bench, JaMychal Green finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes while veteran Paul Millsap racked up a quick nine points in 12 minutes of court time.
It will always be difficult to fill the hole left by the absences of Jamal Murray and Will Barton. Denver will need a repeat performance from their supporting cast just to stay competitive in the contest.
The Suns took care of business in Game 1 and they will look to win their fifth straight playoff games when both teams suits up once again for Game 2 on
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Report: Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul enters NBA's health and safety protocols .
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Chris Paul's status for the start of the Western Conference Finals, where the Suns will play either the Jazz or Clippers, is up in the air.Paul will be sidelined for an "indefinite period of time.