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NBA Playoffs 2021: Chris Paul leads balanced offence as big second-half run helps Suns comfortably clinch Game 1
After averaging just 9.2 points in the first round of the 2021 postseason, Chris Paul finished with 21 points in Game 1, including in the fourth quarter alone, as the Suns comfortably clinched Game 1 by turning the game on its head with a monster 39-12 run in the second half.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.
The navel-gazing is over, now Gold Coast defender Jack Bowes says he and his teammates have to move on from their AFL disappointment last weekend.
The Suns were embarrassed by an undermanned Fremantle in Perth last Saturday, slumping to a 27-point defeat later labelled by coach Stuart Dew as the club's worst display of the 2021 season.
Bowes, who returned from a three-week absence with a hamstring injury against the Dockers, said after an honest review of the performance it was key to get the squad back into a positive mindset before welcoming Port Adelaide to Metricon Stadium this Saturday.
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.
"As a team we had some hard feedback sessions and I think everyone got out, what they needed to, but after that we ramped up our positivity and I thought training on Wednesday was one of our best high-intensity sessions we've had all year," the 23-year-old said.
"Really looking forward to taking that into Port Adelaide because reality is it's all action from now on in."
The Suns have named key defender Sam Collins after he was a late omission from the Dockers game due to an ankle injury.
There's also a comeback to the AFL for foundation Sun Sam Day, who made his return in the VFL last weekend after 10 weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Bowes said the return of the combative tall forward was a big boost leading into the clash with fifth-placed Port.
NBA Playoffs 2021: Devin Booker showing he's more than ready for the big moments
In two closeout games on the road this post-season, Booker has scored a combined 81 points.A two-time All-Star, owner of a 70-point game, individual accolades are not in shortage for Booker, but team success has remained elusive, until now.
"I can't wait to play with him personally," Bowes said.
"He's a player that crashes packs and someone that you love playing with."
The Power head to Queensland aiming to bounce back from a 21-point loss at home to Geelong last time out, with ruckman Scott Lycett back from suspension.
Since suffering the ignomy of becoming the first team to lose an AFL match to the Suns in 2011, the Power have won 11 straight against the Suns with an average winnning margin of 62 points from their past five matches.
"Any week, if we bring our best, we can beat any side in the competition," Bowes said.
"After a disappointing week last week, we can really turn that around on Saturday."
NBA: CP3 before comeback - what about Leonard? .
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