Denver suffered its biggest loss of the season (123-98) Wednesday in Game 2 of the Conference Semifinals in Phoenix. The Suns now lead 2-0 before two games in Colorado.
Sacred MVP since the day before, Nikola Jokic failed to carry Denver to victory in Game 2 of the Conference semi-final in Phoenix. Far from there ! The Nuggets suffered their heaviest loss of the season, in a one-sided game: 123-98. The Suns led from second to last minute, in the wake of an exceptional Chris Paul, who no longer suffers from his shoulder, and who has scored 17 points, delivered 15 assists and lost no ball in 31 minutes! While Phoenix’s lead was only eight points at half-time, it steadily climbed in the second half to reach +31 midway through the last quarter. Devin Booker was very good again, with 18 points and 10 rebounds, as was Deandre Ayton, author of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Opposite, Nikola Jokic scored 24 points (9 of 17 on shots), took 13 rebounds and delivered 6 assists, but none of his teammates exceeded 11 points, which made any hope of victory quite futile. Michael Porter Jr (11pts, 6rbds) and Will Barton (10pts), uncertain before the match, were however on the floor. “It was an embarrassing performance on my part and that of all my players. The fans sang “Suns in four” (“the Suns will pass by winning the first four games”, note) and they were right because if we play like that in Denver, it will be a very fast series, “lamented Mike Malone , the coach of the Nuggets, at the end of the game. Last year’s conference finalist, Denver is under pressure ahead of their Friday and Sunday home games!
BASKET – NBA / PLAY-OFFS 2021
PHOENIX SUNS (2) – DENVER NUGGETS (3): 2-0
Match 1 – Phoenix suns – Denver Nuggets: 122-105
Match 2 – Phoenix suns – Denver Nuggets: 123-98
Match 3: Denver Nuggets – Phoenix Suns June 11
Match 4: Denver Nuggets – Phoenix Suns June 13
Match 5 (if necessary): Phoenix Suns – Denver Nuggets June 15
Match 6 (if necessary): Denver Nuggets – Phoenix Suns June 17
Match 7 (if necessary): Phoenix Suns – Denver Nuggets June 20