The duo Paul – Booker crucifies Denver
Phoenix destroyed all suspense thanks to the masterful performances of its two best scorers. By averaging 22 points per game each since the start of the series against Denver, Chris Paul and Devin Booker raised their standards against 4th in the West on Sunday. Completely freed from his shoulder injury suffered against the Lakers, “CP3” has accumulated 37 points, 3 rebounds, and 7 assists in 39 minutes. The point guard played right from start to finish in Game 4, ending the game 14/19 on shooting.
His teammate also blacked out the scoresheet. Author of 34 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists, Devin Booker continues to demonstrate his consistency for the first play-offs of his career. Although awkward at three points (2/8), the back of the Suns was almost perfect on the free throw line (10/11). In the fourth quarter, the duo scored 18 of the last 20 points of their franchise, definitively pushing Denver, handicapped by the expulsion of Nikola Jokic at the end of the third quarter.
Nikola Jokic by the back door
Barely crowned with his title of MVP of the regular season, the Serbian could not switch Game 4 in favor of the Nuggets. With 22 points (53% success) and 11 rebounds, the Joker achieved until the middle of the third quarter a match in his image: sober and efficient. But with less than four minutes to go to the end of the third quarter, the Denver pivot was guilty of a blatant foul on Cameron Payne, giving the point guard a shoulder to the point guard after trying to intercept him. the ball of the hands. The MVP then let vent his frustration with Devin Booker in a final scuffle before Jokic left the floor.
The march was therefore too high for the Nuggets who will not return to the conference final despite a good game from second knives Will Barton (25 points), Michael Porter Jr (20) or Morris (19 points and 6 assists). The Suns have won the right to rest while waiting for Utah Jazz or the Los Angeles Clippers. Phoenix returns to the conference final for the first time since 2010.