Chris Paul and the upstart Phoenix Suns are headed to the Western Convention Finals for the primary time since 2010 after sweeping the Denver Nuggets 4-0.
As soon as once more, the veteran guard led the way in which for his younger staff scoring a game-high 37 factors together with seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals of their 125-118 win.
It was probably the most factors Paul had scored in a playoff recreation since 2018, and he turned the oldest participant to attain 35 plus factors on 70 p.c capturing in a playoff recreation since 1965.
After the sport, Paul instructed TNT, “A few years in the past, they have been writing me off. This ain’t about me. It’s about us. Present you what you are able to do if you come collectively as a staff. We acquired a terrific staff over there, and it’s plenty of enjoyable to be part of it.”
Burgeoning star Devon Booker added 34 factors, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists for Phoenix.
The Phoenix Suns now wait on the LA Clippers-Utah Jazz sequence winner, with the Jazz up 2-1.
It was the seventh straight win for the Suns who’ve been a roll since Sport 4 of the first-round sequence towards the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.
Denver performed with out final 12 months’s bubble hero Jamal Murray, who tore his ACL again in April, however that they had gotten robust play from Michael Porter Jr. and so they had this 12 months’s just-named MVP Nikola Jokic.
Nonetheless, it wasn’t sufficient to beat the Suns who’ve performed impressed ball since Chris Paul suffered a shoulder damage in Sport 1 towards the Lakers.
Jokic scored 22 factors and grabbed 11 rebounds, however he was tossed out of the sport within the third quarter after a tough foul towards Cam Payne.
Regardless of the loss, Jokic had reward for his staff. “They beat us. They whooped our ass. However, I believe the entire staff must stroll out with our head up. It’s what it’s. Typically it’s good to settle for a loss. Typically somebody can beat you, settle for it and attempt to be higher,” mentioned Jokic. “The entire season was nice till the final 4 video games.”