Phoenix Suns Secure A 121-114 Victory Over The Nuggets

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Phoenix Suns Secure A 121-114 Victory Over The Nuggets

On Friday night, the Phoenix Suns defeated the Denver Nuggets 121-114 to trim Denver’s lead in their Western Conference semifinal series to 2-1. Devin Booker led the Suns in scoring 47 points, while Kevin Durant added 39 more for Phoenix.

Booker, who came into the game averaging 35.4 points in these playoffs, produced another tremendous offensive effort, hitting 20 of 25 from the field and 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Booker’s performance helped the Suns advance to the next round of the playoffs. Although Durant only made 12 of 31 shots from the field, he was perfect from the free throw line, completing 14 of 16.

In Game 4 of the series, which will be played on Sunday in Phoenix, the Suns will attempt to level the series.

After the Nuggets had clawed their way back from a 15-point halftime disadvantage, the Suns retook the lead going into the fourth quarter with a score of 90-88. The first nine points of the fourth quarter were scored by Phoenix, including Durant’s last two points on a fastbreak dunk. This allowed Phoenix to extend their lead to 99-88.

They would not be behind going into the final quarter.

Nikola Jokic of Denver concluded the game with 30 points, 17 assists, and 17 rebounds. On Tuesday, Joel Embiid of Philadelphia was voted Most Valuable Player, while Jokic finished the tournament in second place.

Michael Porter Jr. contributed 21 points and led the Nuggets in rebounds, while Jamal Murray led the Nuggets in scoring with 32 points.

The Suns had a lead of 67-52 at the break, but the Thunder quickly overtook them to take the information. With approximately five minutes left in the third quarter, Murray hit a layup to give Denver a lead they would not relinquish, 79-78.

Cameron Payne has replaced 12-time All-Star Chris Paul in the starting lineup for the Suns. Paul experienced a strained left groin in Game 2 and could not play on Friday due to the injury, so the Suns decided to start Payne instead. Payne scored seven points, including a significant 3-pointer at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Payne was a postseason hero for a few games two seasons ago when Paul was out due to injury.

Terrence Ross, Jock Landale, and TJ Warren all saw an increase in playing time due to the new bench rotation that Suns head coach Monty Williams implemented. Landale closed the game with six points and nine rebounds, while Warren made a pair of critical baskets in the closing minutes to help the Suns maintain their advantage.

Booker shot 12-of-15 from the field in the first half and finished with 27 points, propelling the Suns to a 67-52 lead before the break. Durant finished with 21 points, 11 of which came from free throws.

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Jokic had ten assists for the Nuggets in the first half of the game. Had the lead in terms of rebounds, 51-41.

Durant was only able to make one of his first nine field goal attempts with the Suns. Only four of Deandre Ayton’s points came from the field, and he pulled down nine rebounds. Late in the game, Landale was substituted for him on the bench.

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