And in Game 1 of the Phoenix Suns’ Western Conference semifinal series against the visiting Denver Nuggets, Paul began slowly, hitting just two of his eight shots through three quarters. But as the Suns grabbed hold of the contest, so did Paul, going 6-for-6 in the fourth quarter as Phoenix cruised to a 122-105 win.
“It’s in his hands, man,” Suns center Deandre Ayton said. “He’s made us comfortable … just knowing that he’s got it.”
Paul’s command of the game was on full display, with him methodically asserting himself early in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 consecutive points for the Suns as they widened their lead. He finished with 21 points, 11 assists and 6 rebounds in 36 minutes, and while his grip on the fourth quarter separated Phoenix, the team showcased its impressive balance and depth throughout.
Suns dominate the Nuggets in Game 1 ☀️ pic.twitter.com/QNVRGHZM2e
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 8, 2021
Tonight’s #NBAPlayoffs schedule! 📺
▪️ Durant (29 PTS, 10 REB in Game 1), Nets look to build off win in opener
▪️ Jokic, Nuggets and Booker, Suns begin their series out West pic.twitter.com/p8BfynXXTX
— NBA (@NBA) June 7, 2021