Chris Paul leads the Suns to win over the Pelicans
The No. 1-seeded Phoenix Suns, with their 64-18 regular season record, maintained their position after defeating the No. 8-seeded New Orleans Pelicans (36-46) 110-99 in Game 1 of the first round of their playoff series on Sunday.
In the third quarter, the Pelicans almost caught up to the Suns, working hard to make it a 71-79 ball game. However, even with steady progress in the fourth quarter, their effort was met by Chris Paul’s intensity.
The 6-foot point guard scored 19 of his 30 points during that final quarter, when he hit three 3-pointers and a lay-up in only two-and-a-half minutes.
The 12-time NBA All-Star finished with 30 points on a 12-for-16 shooting clip from the field, while also dishing out 10 assists.
“Suns guard Chris Paul is the oldest player in postseason history with 30 points and 10 assists in a game tonight in Game 1 versus Pelicans,” wrote ESPN’s Marc J. Spears. “That distinction was previously held by Steve Nash, also for the Suns, in Game 1 of the 2010 Western Conference Semis.”
The 37-year-old 2013 MVP believes that one’s feeling is what is essential in taking over a game.
”It’s just reading the game,” Paul said. ”We watch games all day, every day. We got to watch all the games yesterday. We watched the games today. We know in the playoffs, teams aren’t going to lay down.”
”That man’s a true competitor, a true winner,” teammate Devin Booker said. ”He wants it that bad. You can see it in his demeanor, you can see it in his walk. It shouldn’t surprise anybody. He’s built for these moments.”
Game 2 between the Suns and the Pelicans will take place at Footprint Center in Phoenix on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.
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