At 36, Chris Paul can still show off an impressive version of an NBA point guard and deliver a virtuous performance: 15 assists, no turnovers and guiding the Phoenix Suns to another landslide postseason victory.
"I feel good," Paul noted. "I feel really good." And so it seems.
Paul scored 17 points, Devin Booker finished with 18 and 10 rebounds and the Suns overwhelmed the Denver Nuggets 123-98 on Wednesday night and led 2-0 in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Deandre Ayton had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Mikal Bridges added 16 points for the compensated Suns in their fifth win in a row.
Paul was especially impressive, and it seems his battered right shoulder - which severely limited his game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round - is no longer a problem. In the first game against the Nuggets, he had 21 points and 11 assists.
Nikola Jokic finished with 24 points and 13 boards for Denver a day after receiving the NBA Most Valuable Player award. But the Nuggets could not find anyone more constant against the rival basket and will play their future in the postseason in the third game of the series, which is played on Friday in their home court.
"This was an embarrassing performance from myself to the last player," said Denver coach Michael Malone. “We leave here with our heads down and with good reason. There was a reason his fans were yelling "Suns in four!" and they were asking for a sweep because if we play like that in Denver this is going to be a really fast series. "
The Suns came into the break with a 10 point lead and Jae Crowder hit a pair of 60s early in the third quarter to put it 43-86 on the scoreboard. Phoenix led 67-31 in the fourth and went on to put together a XNUMX-point income thanks to a relentless attack.
Argentine Facundo Campazzo had three points, four rebounds and two assists for Denver.