Booker And Durant Team Up For 72 Points To Even Series

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Booker and Durant team up for 72 points to even series

On Sunday, the Phoenix Suns defeated the Denver Nuggets by a score of 129-124 to tie the score of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series at two games apiece. Devin Booker had 36 points and 12 assists, and Kevin Durant also had 36 points for the Suns.

Landry Shamet, a backup guard for the Suns, hit four critical 3-point shots in the fourth quarter to help keep the Suns in the lead. Although MVP runner-up Nikola Jokic had a fantastic game for Denver and scored 53 points on 20 of 30 shooting attempts, the Nuggets were defeated.

Jokic knocked down numerous significant baskets with the help of his physical play. At one point, after the ball had gone out of bounds, Jokic even ripped the ball away from Suns owner Mat Ishbia, which resulted in the Nuggets All-Star receiving a technical foul for his actions.

On Tuesday, the series’ fifth game will be played in Denver.

Booker, who had 17 points in the third quarter, went on a scoring tear to help the Suns take a 98-92 lead into the game’s final period. Despite Denver’s best efforts, Phoenix was able to pull ahead in the fourth quarter.

The Nuggets were behind by 116-106 with 4:55 left to play, but they showed no signs of fear and gradually began to cut into the lead. In the final 22.4 ticks of the clock, they got as close as 123-120, but TJ Warren sank both of his free throws, which extended the lead back out to five points.

Booker, who came into these playoffs averaging 36 points on 60% shooting from the field, was on fire again, hitting 14 of 18 from the field and making 3 of 4 3-pointers. Booker also led the team in assists with 8. Shamet finished with 19 points, including five of his eight 3-point attempts making a basket.

For the Nuggets, Jamal Murray contributed 28 points and seven assists.

Chris Paul, the point guard for the Suns, was sidelined for a second consecutive game with a strained left groin that he sustained in Game 2.

By the end of the first half, the Suns held a 63-61 lead. During the first half of play, Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, while Durant had 21 points for the Suns.

After getting into an odd confrontation with Ishbia in the second quarter, Jokic was called for a technical foul.

In the closing moments of the quarter, Suns guard Josh Okogie fell into the audience when attempting to recover a lost ball. When he landed on the baseline, he was surrounded by a crowd of spectators, one of which was Ishbia, who quickly snatched the basketball.

When Jokic attempted to steal the ball away from Ishbia, it appeared that he was doing so to get his hands on the ball as quickly as possible, presumably so that the Nuggets could begin their attacking possession. After Ishbia was shoved backward by Jokic’s elbow, the ball flew back into the crowd where it had been before.

After a few minutes of chaos during which the officials attempted to make sense of the bizarre incident, Jokic was eventually called for a technical foul on the play.

Ishbia assured The Associated Press that he was “fine” and more concerned about the game than the argument at the halftime break. You might find him seated in his customary spot in the second half.

Following his lackluster effort in Game 3, Suns center Deandre Ayton was roundly criticized by the media and the team’s supporters.

Ayton finished Game 3 with just four points and nine rebounds, which led to the former No. 1 overall pick being replaced by Jock Landale for the fourth quarter of play.

The big man, however, was able to win back the audience’s support during the game’s opening offensive play by snatching three straight offensive rebounds before Booker made a short jump shot while the crowd was going wild. At the end of the game, Ayton contributed eight points and eight rebounds.

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Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter Jr. of the Nuggets scored 11 points for their team.

Booker had a perfect shooting quarter for the Suns, scoring 13 points on five of six shots. In the first quarter of Game 3, he had 18 points to his account.

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