Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns are advancing to round 2 of the playoffs after the Point God created an ideal shooting night to assist lead Phoenix to a 115-109 win over the Pelicans.
Paul scored 33 points on 14-14 shooting from the field, went 4-4 from the free-throw line, and sank his one and just effort from beyond the arc. He likewise took 5 rebounds and dispensed 8 helps. The 12-time All-Star ended up being the very first gamer in playoff history to make all 14 of his shots as he led the Suns back from a double-digit deficit.
“It’s unbelievably special; you have no idea how special it is for me,” stated Paul, per ESPN. “I had no clue (hadn’t missed). At halftime, I realized I might need to shoot a little bit more.”
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CP3 scored his 33 points on 7 various protectors, asserting his will on the Pelicans’ defense with his signature midrange jumper. Paul made 11 shots outside the paint, none more vital than his 10-foot pull-up with 28 seconds left in the 4th quarter to provide Phoenix a five-point lead.
With Deandre Ayton as his pick-and-roll partner, Paul and the Suns removed a 10-point deficit in the 3rd quarter after tearing down 13 of their very first 14 shots. Paul struck 6 jumpers while Ayton (22 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 helps) made 2.
“I don’t believe in heat checks, I don’t shoot enough to take a heat check, and once I miss, I might be cold,” Paul stated. “They were sort of letting me get to my spots.”
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Paul and Ayton shot a combined 24-26 from the field, the greatest combined basket portion (92.3 percent) by a set of colleagues in a championship game in the shot-clock age.
The Suns and Dallas Mavericks are set for a second-round face-off that starts on May 2 in Footprint Center.