Suns beat Pelicans to advance to NBA West semifinals

Suns relied on a great performance from point guard Chris Paul to win 115-109 in New Orleans and close the playoff series 4-2.

You suns qualified for the Western Conference semifinals after winning the New Orleans Pelicansat the Smoothie King Center, in New Orleans this Thursday, 28, by 115 to 109. The big name of the game was the point guard Chris Paulwho had a memorable night when he scored 33 points and had 100% success in shooting from the court, with 14/14.

With this victory, the suns made it 4-2 in the series, closing the match without the need to play the seventh game. In addition to Chris Paul, other names were important for the triumph, being: Deandre Aytonwith 22 points, Mikal Bridgeswith 18 points, Devin Bookerwith 13 and Cameron Johnson scoring 13 points.

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On the side of the Pelicans, who despite the defeat left the court with much applause, the following players had good performances in the confrontation, being: Brandon ingramwho scored 21 points and gave 11 assists, Herbert Joneswith 16 points, CJ McCollumwith 16 points and Larry Nance Jr that left 15 points.

The game

The duel started with Jae Crowder sending a three to the Suns. Hayes responded by scoring a two for the Pelicans. With three minutes into the game, Booker made it 11-4 for the visitors, but the Pelicans reacted soon after, tying at 13-13 after a McCollum basket.

Suns win and qualify in the NBA (Credit: GettyImages)

At seven, Jones scored, took the foul, converted the free throw and turned the game to 18-17. The game continued back and forth for the next few minutes, and on the last play of the fourth, Murphy hit a beautiful three-ball, leaving the partial at 28 to 28. The beginning of the second quarter was with many mistakes by both teams, so much so that the score only moved with almost two minutes played.

In that, Nance Jr made it 30 to 28 for the home team, and the three, Murphy kicked to three and left the score at 33 to 30. Two minutes later, Jones was fouled and converted both free throws, increasing the lead to 39 to 39. 34. The Pelicans took over the game little by little, and with eight minutes, Ingram made it 48-40.

From that moment on, New Orleans started to manage the good advantage until they managed to confirm the partial victory of 58 to 48. The confrontation continued with the same scenario at the beginning of the third quarter, and with three minutes, Ayton reduced the difference to six points. , leaving the score at 63 to 57.

Calling the game, Chris Paul got the Suns on the scoreboard by reducing the difference to 69-68. On a special night, he even turned the game around seconds later by scoring 70-69. With six minutes, it was Bridges’ turn. do 73 to 69 for visitors. New Orleans didn’t give up and reacted soon after, when at nine, Murphy turned 79-77.

Packed and confident, the home team held back all the rival’s will to win in the final minutes of the fourth, ending the period with three points of difference, in 85 to 82. Even with the opposing pressure, Phoenix imposed itself in the first minutes of the last quarter, turning to 93-91 with a Johnson three.

However, at five, Ingram left everything even at 95-95 with another three. In the same play, Chris Paul put his team in front again, leaving the score at 99 to 98. The Pelicans responded with Alvarado, who turned the game to 100 to 99, leaving the end of the game unpredictable.

With two minutes to go, Booker hit a three-ball and made it 106-104 for the Suns to take the lead. Then Bridges made it 108-104, bringing the visitors even closer to victory. With 11, Chris Paul, was fouled and converted both free throws, increasing the score to 110-106. The Pelicans still tried, but Phoenix won 115-109.

Source: sportbuzz

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