Chris Paul, left, scored 14 points in the 4th quarter to help Phoenix beat Denver — CC
Chris Paul scored 21 points — 14 in the 4th quarter — and added 11 assists to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 122-105 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Monday night.
Paul is now two weeks removed from a shoulder injury he suffered during game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers. However, he said that his shoulder is improving as time goes by.
“It definitely loosens up,” Paul said. “One thing about it is you don’t get no practice time. The only way you get a chance to see how it is during the game. It was good. It was fun to get out there and be involved. That last series was, that was tough. I’m glad to be back helping the team.
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 22 points and nine rebounds, but it was not enough to help his team win the game.