After knocking out the defending champion of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns continued to maintain a winning streak in the NBA playoffs. In the first game of the Western Conference semifinals, they beat the Denver Nuggets 122:105.
As many as four Suns players scored at least 20 points, and Nikola Jokic again did not get the correct help from his teammates. He completed 22 baskets, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and blocks, 2 steals and 4 turnovers. He shot 10/23 from the field and 2/5 from three-pointers, but didn’t make free throws.
In total, the Nuggets have only played 6 times, while the hosts played 20 times. Denver mistakenly accepted a penalty shoot-out with the Suns instead of slowing down the game and imposing their style. Moreover, the Nuggets even took six more three-pointers than their more familiar opponents.
Denver maintained a small advantage throughout the first half, leading by a clear 9 points in the middle of the third quarter, but Phoenix responded with a 16-0 series, with Mikal Bridges particularly prominent. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Chris Paul, who has been inconspicuous so far, tied two shots, giving the Suns a double-digit advantage, and then they won the opponent. Paul scored 14 of his 21 points in the final quarter.
Bridges led the Suns’ scorer with 23 points, Paul and Booker each had 21 points, and DeAndre Ayton had 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Suns center is very good against Jokic, not letting him beat himself or his teammates. Paul became the first player at least 36 years old to score 20 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists in the playoffs since 1965.
Since Jokic was not attacked by any outside, the Nuggets did not have a real chance to break serve in the first game. Gordon had 18 points, Porter had 15 points and Campazzo had 14 points.
After retiring from the rotation after the second game of the series against the Lakers, Dario Saric returned to the position of the backup center, scoring 5 points in 9 minutes (2/4 shooting, 1/1 free throw), 2 One rebound and one rebound. Stolen ball. The corner kick in the last quarter, when the ball crosses the basket after a period of time, can improve his self-confidence of damage and guide him to achieve better games in the continuation of the series.
The second game is also held in Phoenix and will be played from Wednesday night to Thursday at the earliest.
The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 125-86 in the second game, leading 2-0. Although the hosts do not have James Harden, the Bucks cannot match them and are now on the verge of disappointing again in the playoffs. Giannis Antetokounmpo became their top scorer with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Middleton scored 17 points but had a poor 7/20 shooting percentage. For the Nets, Kevin Durant had 33 points and Kyrie Irving had 22 points.
On the way to victory, the Nets hit 21 three-pointers, which broke the club record for the playoffs and improved the previous record for the most convincing playoff victory by 15 points. The third game of the series will be held in Milwaukee from Thursday to Friday night.