Chris Paul produced an awesome performance as the Phoenix Suns moved 2-0 up in their Conference semi-final series with a 123-98 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.
Paul dazzled for the Suns with 17 points, five rebounds and 15 assists, including a series of superb playoffs, including two in the second quarter for Dario Saric.
He becomes the first player in NBA playoffs history to have three games of 15 or more assists and zero turnovers.
He’s also the third player to hit a double-double in playoffs history at age 36 or older.
The veteran had strong support from Devin Booker with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Deandre Ayton with 15 points and 10 boards.
Forward Mikal Bridges had 16 points while Jae Crowder added 11, with Torrey Craig contributing 10 off the bench.
The Suns got ahead in the first quarter and always held their lead, up by 10 at the long break, before opening the game up with a 34-25 third period.
Paul said: “It was a team effort, once again. We came out and knew how important this game was. Last series it went 1-1 and we went back to LA. We wanted to maintain home court advantage.”
On his own performance, Paul was asked about how he keeps up his standards at 36.
He said: “Just reading the game, finding open guys and picking my spots. We’ve got an unbelievable team in the way we’ve got shooters. DA has been unbelievable and we’re going to keep feeding off him.”
MVP Nikola Jokic gave his all for the Nuggets, with 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists but he lacked support.
It was Denver’s worst defeat of the season, shooting 14-from-43 from beyond the arc, compared to the Suns’ 18 from 38.