Nuggets Dominate Suns, Advance To Western Finals

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Nuggets Dominate Suns, Advance To Western Finals

On Thursday night, the Denver Nuggets dominate the Phoenix Suns 125-100 in Game 6 of the Western Conference playoffs. Nikola Jokic had 32 points and another triple-double, while Jamal Murray added 26 points for the Nuggets, who advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2020.

This victory for Denver comes two years after the Nuggets were humiliated by the Suns in the second round of the NBA playoffs and were swept by them. The Suns’ season came to a disappointing end for the second year in a row when a significant margin on their court defeated them.

The Nuggets will be making their first appearance in the conference finals since their series against the Lakers in the Florida bubble during the COVID-19 epidemic when they were eliminated in five games by the Lakers. They have never even come close to making it to the NBA Finals.

The top-seeded Nuggets went on a run of their own, scoring 23 points in a row to grab a 44-26 lead late in the first quarter. They never looked back after that point. While Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, coming into the playoffs averaging 9.5 points per game, scored 17 points in the first quarter, Jokic added 14.

At the end of the game, Caldwell-Pope had 21 points. Jokic had a field goal percentage of 13/18, 12 assists, and ten rebounds in addition to his shooting performance.

The offensive assault by Denver continued in the second quarter, and the Nuggets extended their lead to 81-51 by the end of the half. This caused Suns fans to boo as their team’s players entered the locker room at halftime. The second half was more or less an afterthought than anything else.

Cameron Payne of Phoenix scored 31 points and made 7 of 9 3-point shots during the game. Kevin Durant added 23.

Due to injuries, the Suns were playing without starting guard Deandre Ayton and point guard Chris Paul. In Game 5 on Tuesday, Ayton was diagnosed with a rib contusion, and Paul has missed the last four games with a strained left groin due to his injury.

Despite making a blockbuster trade at the deadline to acquire Kevin Durant, a 13-time All-Star and one of the game’s most prolific scorers, the Phoenix Suns were eliminated from the Western Conference playoffs at home for the second consecutive season. The 34-year-old forward had several strong performances in the postseason, but on Thursday, he made only one of his first ten shots, and as a result, the Suns slid into a significant deficit.

Before Game 6, Suns guard Devin Booker had been outstanding throughout the series, averaging 36 points per game while shooting 60 percent from the field. On the other hand, the three-time All-Star concluded Thursday’s game with just 12 points.

The team playing at home prevailed in each of the first five games of the series before the Nuggets finally won a game.

The defeat was hauntingly similar to the one the Suns suffered in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals last season.

Phoenix, which entered the game with the best record in the NBA, found themselves trailing Dallas by 30 points at the half and suffered a season-ending loss of 123-90.

Since the introduction of the shot clock, the home team has been in a potential playoff elimination game only three times when behind by more than 30 points. At this point, Phoenix is accountable for two of them. The other team to win in 2015 was the Bucks.

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Murray, who plays for the Nuggets, was labeled as doubtful for the game because of an ailment that was not COVID. As Murray left the court for the final time, Nuggets head coach Michael Malone gave him a bear embrace before sending him off to the locker room.

Jock Landale, playing for the Suns and starting in place of Deandre Ayton, concluded with 13 points and five rebounds. I attended a game that was sold out for the 80th straight time, taking into account both regular season and postseason play. Since they joined the league in 1968, the Suns have never been able to bring home the championship trophy.

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