After 28 years of waiting, the Phoenix Suns are finally back in the NBA Finals.
The Suns defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 130-103 in Wednesday’s game 6.
Chris Paul, who was both booed and cheered by spectators, led the way with 41 points, four rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 35 minutes of play. The 36-year-old is currently in his 16th season in the NBA.
The Suns will face either the Milwaukee Bucks or Atlanta Hawks in the championship round.
“This feels good,” said Paul, who will be making his first appearance in the NBA Finals. “It has been a lot of work, going to a new team, everybody staying the course.”
Paul was a Clipper for six seasons before he moved in 2017 to the Houston Rockets. He injured his hamstring during the Rockets Game 5 win over the Golden State Warriors and had to miss the final two games of that series, which the Rockets lost.
“I’ll never forget that,” said Paul, who joined the Suns after his last season’s stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder. “I’m just so happy for all the people around me. To do it here against a team I have the utmost respect for. I’ll always be a Clipper. I love these fans.”