Within the second half of Sport 1, the Phoenix Suns appeared to unlock one thing as they went on a 16-Zero run within the third quarter to flip an 9-point deficit into an 7-point benefit and haven’t appeared again since. In Sport 2, they continued to use these weaknesses they discovered within the Nuggets on each ends of the ground, led as soon as once more by the efforts of Chris Paul.
The Level God completed the sport with 17 factors, 15 assists, and no turnovers in 31 minutes of play. As he so usually does, he steadily picked aside the Denver protection within the pick-and-roll sport, discovering open shooters and cutters to tee them up for buckets, and within the fourth quarter it was his time to place the sport on ice attacking the change with Michael Porter Jr. and Paul Millsap because the Suns ran away with a blowout 123-98 win.
It was an entire group effort from the Suns, as all 5 starters completed in double figures, led by Devin Booker’s 18 factors and 10 rebounds and one other environment friendly double-double from Deandre Ayton with 15 factors and 10 boards.
Each participant that touched the ground for the Suns of their principal 9-man rotation was a optimistic on the sport, a testomony to the thorough domination they displayed all through the night. Offensively, they have been excellent as a gaggle, taking pictures 47.9 p.c from the sector and 47.Four p.c from three, as Phoenix was in a position to create nearly any shot they needed all evening.
The alternative was the case for Denver, which began the sport 4-of-17 from three within the first half and had only a dreadful offensive evening except for Nikola Jokic. The MVP had 24 factors, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists in 30 minutes, whereas the opposite 4 Nuggets starters mixed for 26 factors, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists on 9-of-32 taking pictures. Michael Porter Jr.’s struggles to begin this sequence continued in Sport 2, as he was 3-of-13 from the sector and acquired picked on mercilessly by Paul, Booker, and the Suns pick-and-roll offense, placing him in motion all evening to drive rotations from the Denver protection.
With the Nuggets unable to knock down threes (14-of-43 for the sport), the Suns simply swarmed Jokic and steadily pulled away from Denver.
It was as thorough a two-way efficiency as you can hope to see if you’re a Suns fan, with Deandre Ayton persevering with to maintain Jokic from getting straightforward buckets on the rim and Phoenix’s rotations being extremely crisp behind to get out to shooters and never let Jokic decide them aside together with his passing. For the Nuggets, they’re going to go house to Denver with lots to consider on each ends. Their pick-and-roll protection in opposition to Chris Paul has been tough now for 2 video games, significantly in crunch time, and offensively, they’ve to determine learn how to take the strain off of Jokic. A few of that comes right down to guys merely hitting pictures, however MPJ specifically needs to be higher going ahead because the secondary scorer — and at instances main scorer — if Denver’s to have any probability of righting the ship.