Chris Paul Leads Suns To 7th Straight Win With Dominant Performance Against Undermanned Nuggets

Photo: Instagram/Chris Paul 

The Phoenix Suns secured their seventh consecutive victory with a 119-115 win over the undermanned Denver Nuggets.

This win elevated the Suns 10 games above .500 for the first time in the season.

Although the Nuggets sat all five starters for rest ahead of the playoffs, it did not prevent them from dominating the first half of the game, leading by one point at halftime with the Suns defense allowing Denver to shoot 52% from the field.

Photo: Instagram/Chris Paul 

In the second half, the Nuggets continued to drive the ball, while the Suns still kept allowing them to get to the basket.

The Nuggets led the Suns 26-10 on points in the paint with only 10 of those points coming from the ancient DeAndre Jordan.

The Suns defense appeared to be quite bad in this game with Booker 1-10 from the field.

Chris Paul's slow start and lack of assists early on did not prevent him from dominating at the right time, scoring or assisting every point in a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter that gave the Suns the lead, which they never relinquished.

Devin Booker, who had eight assists, led a late charge in the third quarter, closing it with 13 points and seven assists.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points, while Paul poured in 25, including seven of 12 on threes. Meanwhile, Bruce Brown  had 31 points for Denver.

The Nuggets' backups showed confidence throughout the game, while the Suns' regular starters came out flat.

In the first quarter, the fans got tired waiting for the Suns' first score, which did not come until almost three minutes into the game.

Despite this, Torrey Craig was the Suns' leading scorer at 7 points on 3-4 shooting. Early in the second quarter, the Nuggets took a 32-31 lead, then 36-34 on an Ish Smith jumper.

The Suns went on a 10-2 run out of a timeout to take the lead back but then got lazy again and found themselves up only 56-55 at halftime.

Despite the Nuggets' hustle, the Suns offset it with 48% shooting on threes and grabbed a three-point lead after three quarters, 89-96.

In summary, the game was a tale of two halves, with the Suns eventually winning due to their perseverance and an impressive performance from Chris Paul in the fourth quarter.

Although the Nuggets sat all five starters for rest ahead of the playoffs, their backups showed a great deal of confidence, while the Suns' regular starters came out flat.

The Suns had a sluggish performance for most of the game, but their determination and resilience in the fourth quarter secured them another victory.

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Source: SB Nation
 

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