Nikola Jokic is the brand new NBA MVP, but his talent is useless if he is ahead a full-fledged team Like the Phoenix suns, what they raided his award reception party last night before the Denver Nuggets public with a forceful 102-116 win that makes it 3-0 in the tie Western Conference Semifinals.
Devin Booker, with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, and Chris paul, author of 27 goals, 8 assists and 3 steals, led the choral effort of some Suns who dominated at pleasure throughout the match and they just had a disconnect shortly before the break.
Phoenix’s sixth consecutive victory in these playoffs it left nothing and less the display of the league’s MVP, who celebrated with a triple-double height the reception of Maurice Podoloff before the start of the match.
Jokic tried it in every way and finished with 32 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists. not enough to lift their teammates against a solid and seamless rival that has the last remaining bubble conference finalists against the ropes.
For the third time in the tie, the Suns ran away from the Nuggets in the third quarter, where they have surpassed their rival by a total of 29 points in the three games of the series. Last night, a partial of 31-21 he scared off the ghosts at halftime, when Jokic managed to tighten the match by pulling insistence and office (55-59).
The 14-6 partial that closed the first half It was the little good that the locals managed to braid before their public. Faced with a healthy and well-armed opponent like Phoenix, heColorado’s are missing their casualties, the base Jamal murray and the escort PJ Dozier.
The Canadian’s points, who lit up the playoffs last season, are irreplaceable today in Denver. The MVP has some help, but it’s not enough to beat or
n Suns quintet that returned to full double digits: DeAndre Ayton, 10 points and 15 rebounds); Mikal Bridges, 11 points; and Jae Crowder, 14 points.
Phoenix’s superiority in the tie is overwhelming. They won the first match by 17 points, the second by 25 and last night in the third, they won by 14. There was no color in the tie.
The main support of Jokic, who dedicated the MVP to his teammates in a beautiful and spectacular ceremony, was Monte Morris, author of 21 points from the bench. In his second game back after a long-term injury, Will Barton went up to 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes of play.
These efforts from the bank were of little use, since key men such as Michael Porter Jr. they stayed in 15 points (5-13 TC), a statistic presentable to the horror of Aaron Gordon, just 4 points and a 2 of 10 in field goals.
The Argentinian Facundo Campazzo, who saw his minutes reduced to 18, ended with 6 points, 2 rebounds and a steal of the ball (2-5 TC), going through the match without pain or glory. In the first quarter, the partial of 37-27 with 74% accuracy of the Suns already warned that things for Denver would not be easier despite the home court factor.
Neither the MVP nor the noisy fans were able to decentralize Phoenix, a team armed to repeat 11 years later his trip to the Conference Finals from West. They are one game away, and they have Jokic and theirs in check.