Chris Paul Leads Phoenix Suns to Western Conference Semi Sweep
For a moment, as he broke into the open court all alone, it looked like Chris Paul was thinking about dunking it. It would've been an emphatic final statement on the series, the play to cap off the complete dominance his Phoenix Suns showed over the Denver Nuggets throughout.
But there were still 3 minutes left in the game, and even with an 11-point lead, Paul wasn't thinking ahead quite yet.
Even with league MVP Nikola Jokic ejected in the third quarter, Paul was playing this one to the buzzer, as the visiting Suns completed their sweep of the Denver Nuggets 125-118 on Sunday night to advance to the Western Conference finals.
Paul scored 37 points on 14-for-19 shooting in the Game 4 closeout, capping off a series nothing short of magnificent. The 36-year-old future Hall of Famer finished the series averaging 25.5 points on 61.8% shooting, 58% from 3, 100% from the free-throw line, plus an absurd 41-to-5 assist-to-turnover ratio.
As the Denver Nuggets edged closer to playoff elimination, league MVP Nikola Jokic was ejected from Sunday night's game with a flagrant foul 2 after taking a wild swing in frustration at Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne.
"I wanted to change the rhythm of the game, I wanted to give us some energy, maybe change the whistle a little bit, so I wanted to make a hard foul," Jokic said. "Did I hit him, did I not hit him? We don't know. So I say sorry if I did because I did not want to injure him or hit him in the head on purpose."