Thanks to a sensational performance in the fourth quarter, Chris Paul shot the Phoenix Sun’s victory in New Orleans. After a teammate had dominated a teammate, but the Pelicans managed to do the comeback, the veteran took over and thus forgot the failure of Devin Booker.

New Orleans Pelicans (8) – Phoenix Suns (1) 111: 114 (boxcore), series: 1-2

Paul had 9 points after three quarters, in the end there were 28 (10/18 FG, 14 Assists, 0 Turnover, 1/6 3FG). 7 of his 10 litters in the final quarter landed in the basket, as so often, he could not be broken from the midrange in his long career. In the middle of the section he sank six litters in a row and gave his team a small but important lead that should be sufficient. “There is a reason why he is one of the 75 best players of all time,” Pelicans coach Willie Green CP3 paid for his respect.

Deandre Ayton (28, 13/20 FG, 17 rebounds) had previously played up over long distances and brought the Big Men of the Pelicans to despair. At +18 he came up with the clearly best plus/minus of all players. Backup Javal McGee (15) also did a good job. Mikal Bridges came to 17 points. The dominance in the zone (64:40 points) was also bitterly necessary because the suns did not want to succeed from the distance. Only 4 out of 26 attempts landed in the basket (15.4 percent), in this regard the Pelicans gained a clear advantage (34.4 percent, 11/32).

They destroyed this with a sloppy ball lecture, the 15 turnover used Phoenix on 23 points. After the suns had up to 13 points, the hosts worked back into the game with a strong third quarter (31:22). Brandon Ingram (34, 11/19 FG, 7 rebounds) and C.J. McCollum (30, 11/23 FG, 7 Assists) scored 64 points together. Otherwise, only Herb Jones (12) and Devonte ‘Graham (12) duplicate. Due to the defeat, the home advantage lies again with the favorite from Arizona.

The Suns had to do without superstar Devin Booker, which is no longer to be expected due to a thigh injury in the further series. Cam Johnson replaced him in the Starting Five. The mood in the fully packed smoothie King Center was magnificent and, after the first points of the game – a Dunk of Jaxson Hayes – was only better.

Paul, who started his career in New Orleans, brought the guests to the scoreboard after almost three minutes. In the first quarter, no team was able to earn an advantage (29:28 Pelicans). Ayton dominated a threesome with 13 points in the zone and sprinkled a threesome, as usual, New Orleans went through Ingram and McCollum. For their 3 successful distances, the pels only needed half as many litters as the guests.

Pelicans fight back – CP3 one class in its own

Until the stand of 45:45, it also remained a head-to-head race afterwards, with up to 7 points, New Orleans. Then only the suns played until the break. In addition to a poster dunk by Landry Shamet, Hayes’s ejection also let the pendulum tipped over in favor of Phoenix. The Big Man missed crowder a completely unnecessary and violent push under the basket. The Suns ended half with a 16: 5 run, whereby 11 gymnastics also helped the Pelicans, which used Ayton and Co. on 17 points. 59:48 Phoenix.

Ayton also played dominant after the break, with a three-point game against Valanciunas and his points 24 to 26, he had reached his playoff-career high. But the Pelicans stayed stubborn. 5 points of McCollum brought the game in single digits, after several trips to the free -wire line, Valanciunas even shortened to -1 (12: 0 run). Paul took over with two great passes and a layup, but New Orleans stayed tuned, including through a Fastbreak-Dunk from Jones. Johnson replied to the first Pelicans lead since the middle of the second quarter, with a mini tour for Phoenix, the final section was: 81:79.

With a threesome and a strong drive, Alvarado brought the pels in front, Paul found an answer several times with his patented mids. Once Alvarado countered, but Paul was no longer stopped and added three more jumper. On the other hand, Ingram worried urgently necessary points (95:98), when CP3 threw next to it, Crowder collected the rebound and dusted. Even before Crowder put on +7, New Orleans could not secure the rebound twice. Paul and Bridges on the line closed the sack.

NBA Playoffs: Sun vs. Pelicans – The series at a glance (2-1)

Game |
Date |
Time |
Home |
Away |
result

1 |
18.
April |
3 o’clock |
Phoenix Suns |
New Orleans Pelicans |
110: 99

2 |
20.
April |
4 o’clock |
Phoenix Suns |
New Orleans Pelicans |
114: 125
3 |
23.
April |
3:30 pm |
New Orleans Pelicans |
Phoenix Suns |
111: 114
4 |
25.
April |
3:30 pm |
New Orleans Pelicans |
Phoenix Suns |

5 |
27.
April |
TBD |
Phoenix Suns |
New Orleans Pelicans |

6 * |
29.
April |
TBD |
New Orleans Pelicans |
Phoenix Suns |

7 * |
1.
May |


TBD |
Phoenix Suns |
New Orleans Pelicans |

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