Chris Paul has one other huge evening, Suns rout Nuggets 123-98

Chris Paul had 17 factors and 15 assists with out a turnover, Devin Booker added 18 factors and 10 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns routed the Denver Nuggets 123-98 on Wednesday evening to take a 2-0 lead within the Western Convention semifinals

PHOENIX — Chris Paul had 17 factors and 15 assists with out a turnover, Devin Booker added 18 factors and 10 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns routed the Denver Nuggets 123-98 on Wednesday evening to take a 2-0 lead within the Western Convention semifinals.

Deandre Ayton had 16 factors and 10 rebounds, and Mikal Bridges added 16 factors for the balanced Suns. Paul was notably spectacular and it seems his ailing proper shoulder — which tremendously restricted his play towards the Lakers within the first spherical — is not a lot of an issue anymore. He had 21 factors and 11 assists within the Recreation 1.

Nikola Jokic had 24 factors and 13 rebounds for Denver, a day after getting the NBA’s Most Invaluable Participant award. However the Nuggets couldn’t discover anybody else to attain persistently, leaving them reeling going again to Denver for Recreation 3 on Friday evening.

The Suns had a 10-point halftime lead Wednesday and Jae Crowder added a pair of 3-pointers early within the third to make it 60-43. Phoenix took an 86-67 benefit into the fourth. The Suns led by 31 within the remaining quarter.

Crowder had one other good evening because the Suns’ long-range shooter and enforcer. He and Denver’s Aaron Gordon had been every known as for a technical foul after they exchanged phrases and shoves halfway by means of the third. On the following possession, Crowder coaxed Gordon into committing an offensive foul, a lot to the delight of the 16,529 at Phoenix Suns Area.

Paul pushed the sellout crowd right into a frenzy within the fourth, throwing his fifteenth help to Torrey Craig after criss-crossing round helpless Denver ahead Paul Millsap. The 36-year-old guard then hit a pair of 3-pointers and the celebration was on within the desert with the Suns rolling of their first playoff look in 11 seasons.

Phoenix took a 52-42 halftime lead after a sloppy first half the place each groups struggled to generate offense. Denver was shaky with its lengthy vary taking pictures, making simply 1 of 13 3-pointers within the first quarter.

Booker had 13 factors earlier than the break. Jokic countered with 15 factors.

HURTING NUGGETS

A few of Denver’s higher gamers are coping with accidents, together with ahead Michael Porter Jr. (again) and guard Will Barton (hamstring). Each had been listed on the damage report.

Porter began and performed 27 minutes, ending with 11 factors and 6 rebounds however shot simply 3 of 13 from the sector. Barton performed for the primary time in about six weeks, coming into the sport late within the first quarter. He performed 16 minutes and had 10 factors and was additionally known as for a technical foul within the third.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Guards PJ Dozier (proper adductor pressure) and Jamal Murray (left ACL surgical procedure) did not play. … Millsap had 11 factors and 6 rebounds.

Suns: Ahead Abdel Nader (proper knee arthroscopy) did not play. … The Suns had a 52-46 rebounding benefit.

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