Paul, Suns, sweep series with Nuggets
Chris Paul was all over the court for the Phoenix Suns as he led the team to end the semis and beat the Denver Nuggets 125-118 in Game 4. The team is now set for the Western Finals, the first time since 2010. It was all thanks to Paul’s grit that took them to the next level as well.
Paul is at age 36, and he scored 37 points to lift the Suns when they need him most. He had seven dimes and hit big shots for the team. He had 12 in the third to help them fuel a big run and scored 13 in the fourth to close out Denver.
Star Devin Booker had his big night as well with 34 points and 11 boards. Mikal Bridges chipped in 14 points and six boards while Deandre Ayton scored 12 points and pulled seven boards. All players scored for the Suns in this win.
The series did not end well for Denver. The team made it to the West Finals in 2020 and fell short later on. They came back from two tough series last year but then it was a new story for them today.
Nikola Jokic - the NBA’s MVP for the 2020-21 run was tossed out of the game for a flagrant 2 foul on Cameron Payne. The star missed a shot in the paint and tried to slap the ball out of Payne’s hands but hit the latter’s face with his arms.
Jokic had 22 points and 11 boards before he was sent away. The Suns then came up with an 8-0 run early in the fourth after that and built a 93-78 lead with eight minutes left to play.
Denver then came alive, led by Will Barton and the rest of the squad. They cut the lead to just five but failed to keep the run going as well. Paul then stepped up for the team as the Suns put their first unit back in.
It was a close finish all the way to the final buzzer, with Denver still trying to force an extra game. With Jokic out, the team failed to make a solid offence and missed some key shots that could have given them a chance.
Baron led all scorers for Denver with 25 points, and Michael Porter Jr. had 20 to help him cut the lead as much as they could. They just fell short in the final moments.
The Suns sank 29 of their 31 shots from the foul line. Paul was there to seal the deal and he was pleased to see his team go to the next level for one more time.
This was a huge game for CP3 as his grit was in full display for the world to watch as the young Suns now found their way to the West Finals, and they can take a lot of rest and wait for their next game.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores