Phoenix Suns put on a show and got the Denver Nuggets dancing for 2-0 | Argentina

The Phoenix Suns continue to show an overwhelming level, especially on the defensive side and they dominated the Denver Nuggets from start to finish to go 2-0. It was victory for 123-98 for Monty Williams, who took a double-digit lead in the opening moments of the second quarter and never looked back for the rest of the night. On Friday there will be a rematch for Malone’s at home, in a Match 3 that finds them forced to add a victory.

Next, we review the most important observations that the meeting left us.

  • The history of the game went through the enormous defensive dominance of the Suns. True, Denver did help with a night for the forgotten shot, which included several missed open pitches, but Phoenix on the mark was of staggering intensity. And far from being a coincidence, it is a trend that is repeated game by game. Williams’ men are cutting off all possible game circuits for the Nuggets, starting with the good work of Deandre Ayton on Nikola Jokic, which means that help is not necessary and everything in Malone’s falls into one on one. The MVP can often resolve from that individuality, but the rest of his teammates cannot and there is the business of the Suns.
  • Chris Paul is Chris Paul again. No doubts. The shoulder injury has been left behind and the point guard gave a driving lesson, setting the pace of the match at will. He finished with 15 assists and 0 losses, in addition to adding 17 points with a 6-10 from the court, 2-2 in triples and 3-3 in free practice. Level point god.

  • Of course, Paul is not alone and the entire Suns starting five also offers solutions in attack: 18 points and 10 rebounds for Devin Booker, 16 for Mikal Bridges, 15 and 10 rebounds for Deandre Ayton and 11 for Jae Crowder. Even Torrey Craig scored in the double digits (10), while three other substitutes had at least 7 points. The Suns thing is complete wherever you look at it.
  • Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists, shooting 9-17 from the court. Good performance in general, but far from what is expected of the MVP so that Denver can have a chance in this series. He’s not dominating like he was against Portland and that should be considered a win for Ayton and the Suns.
  • The problem for Denver was also the very low efficiency of the rest of the team’s scoring references: 3-13 from the court for Michael Porter Jr. (with a couple of conversions in the garbage minutes), only 6 points for Aaron Gordon and Austin Rivers and 1-7 from the field with 3 points for Monte Morris. Too little.
  • The Facundo Campazzo thing was not good either, at least in attack: 3 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists with a 1-7 from the court.
  • Will Barton returned to the Nuggets and spent 16 minutes on the court from the second unit, scoring 10 points. Will he make Malone’s starting draw for Game 3? It would not be strange, although in that case we will see if it enters through Campazzo or Rivers.

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Starting lineups

Phoenix comes out with his usual five: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder y Deandre Ayton.

No change in Denver: Facundo Campazzo, Austin Rivers, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokic.

Phoenix is ​​better off

Better start for the Suns, against some Nuggets that find points from Nikola Jokic, but no effectiveness of their shooters. Quite the opposite occurs with the Suns, who hurt with mid- and long-range conversions from Devin Booker and Jae Crowder.. Anyway, the differences for now are small: 12-8 for the locals. Only bad for Phoenix: two fast fouls by Deandre Ayton.

There are merits for Denver, which is staying in the game despite having the rim completely closed from the perimeter: 0-8 on triples, several of them completely open. The 8 points that the MVP already has help to compensate it.

Will Barton appears on the court for the first time since late April and his impact is immediate, with a great definition on the rim, a very good cover and the first triple of the Nuggets in the night. In any case, Malone’s men continue to find no efficiency in attack (9-30 from the court and 1-13 from three), which makes it highly commendable that they barely closed four points down: 25-21 Suns.

Phoenix escapes

They change the names but the superiority of the Suns continues, against some without efficiency or ideas in attack. They fall triples of Dario Saric and Cam Johnson and those of Monty Williams take maximum advantage of 10 points, remaining 8:31 in the second quarter.

The defensive work of the Suns is phenomenal and does not give any space to the attack of the Nuggets, who also collaborate by missing the few open shots they find. The visit remains within reach for their work in their own field but the process continues to have the homeowner calmly in front.

Phoenix’s dominant first half closes, at least on defense, with Jokic being the only one to find his way to the net in Denver (15 points). Suns at halftime 52-42.

All of the Suns

Phoenix’s dominance is absolute and continues to stretch in the second half. The locals opened with two 3-pointers by Jae Crowder and took the maximum of 17: 60-43. Quick minute of Malone who sees how the score starts to get out of hand.

The Suns’ combo in the third was perfect. Because to all the very good things that they had been doing throughout the night at the brand, they added great precision with the outside shot to take the advantage above 20 goals and close the period in 19: 86-67. Everything seems to be on track for the local 2-0, at the hands of a Chris Paul who handles all the strings: 13 assists, 0 losses.

Phoenix closes 2-0

All defined in Arizona. To eliminate any doubts, the Suns opened the fourth quarter with a flurry of Torrey Craig and Chris Paul to make the local public delirious and leave the feeling that the maximum has no ceiling. Averaging the period, the local prevails by 103-78.

In the meantime, Paul keeps making history, ranking 14th in assists in the Playoffs.

Final smooth and 2-0 for the Suns: 123-98.

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