- Chris Paul had another double-double as the Suns beat the Nuggets 123-98 in Game 2 of their series.
- Paul scored 17 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and issued 15 assists without a turnover.
- The Suns have opened as +1.5 point underdogs in Friday’s Game 3 in Denver.
The Phoenix Suns blasted the Denver Nuggets 123-98 in Game 2 of their best-of-seven second round series on Wednesday night at the Phoenix Arena.
All five Suns starters scored in double digits with three starters posting a double-double. Devin Booker led the Suns with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Deadre Ayton added 15 points and 10 boards. However, it was 36-year old Chris Paul who stole the show for the second consecutive game. The player known as the “point god” was doing godly things in Game 2.
Doing Point God Things
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Paul finished the game with 17 points, 15 assists, and 5 rebounds while shooting 6-10 from the field, 2-2 from three-point distance, and 3-3 from the foul line. CP3 was a +26 in 31 minutes of playing time, and was doing point god things.
He joined buddy LeBron James and John Stockton as the only players in the history of the NBA aged 35 or older to have at least 15 points, 15 assists, and 5 rebounds in a playoff game. Paul is also the first player in NBA history to have three playoff games with 15 assists and zero turnovers. CP3 is also the only played in the history of the league to have a 15-assists game for three different teams.
Wednesday night was also the third career playoff game for Paul with at least 15 points and 15 assists without a single turnover. Since turnovers were tracked as a statistic in 1977, the rest of the NBA only had four such games – one each by Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd, Johnny Moore, and Norm Nixon.
In his last three playoff games, Chris Paul has issued a total of 38 assists with only two turnovers. He also moved up to 14th in the NBA’s all-time playoff assists leaderboard with 971 career playoff assists, one more than Jerry West at number 15.
Updated Playoff Bracket
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With their win on Wednesday night, the Suns are now up 2-0 in their second round series against the Nuggets. Game 3 will be on Friday in Denver with the Nuggets opening as a -1.5 points betting favorites at the BetOnline App to win at home. The Nuggets have won four out of their last five head to head meetings in Denver but the Suns won their only game at the Ball Arena this season.
So far, the Suns have outscored the Nuggets by 21.5 points per game in the series. In the history of the NBA playoffs, teams that go up 2-0 in a best-of-seven series while outsourcing their opponents by at least 20 points have a 33-3 all-time series record. However, one of the three series losses belong to the Suns in the 1995 Conference Semifinals versus the Houston Rockets.
Denver however, needs more than history to come back in the series. Nikola Jokic has proven his worth as the 2021 MVP in this series but he has not gotten the support he needs from his teammates. In Game 2, Jokic scored 24 points but Denver’s four other starters combined for only 26.
The Nuggets starting backcourt has scored 30 combined points in Games 1 and 2 while Michael Porter Jr. has scored a total of 26 in two games after putting up 26 points each in Games 5 and 6 of the Portland series. The bright spot for Denver was Will Barton who played in his first game since April 24. Barton scored 10 points on 4-8 shooting in 16 minutes of action. He could be the second scorer that Denver needs to get back in the series.