Chris Paul scored 19 of his 30 factors within the fourth quarter to assist the Phoenix Suns deflate a New Orleans comeback try and publish a 110-99 victory over the visiting Pelicans on Sunday night time within the opening sport of their Western Conference playoff collection.
Paul made 12 of 16 field-goal makes an attempt — together with 4 of 6 from 3-point vary — and in addition contributed 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals for top-seeded Phoenix, which led by as many as 23 factors within the wire-to-wire victory.
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Devin Booker recorded 25 factors and eight assists and Deandre Ayton added 21 factors and 9 rebounds for the Suns.
CJ McCollum registered 25 factors and eight rebounds and Jonas Valanciunas contributed 18 factors and a franchise-postseason-record 25 rebounds for eighth-seeded New Orleans. Brandon Ingram additionally scored 18 factors and Larry Nance Jr. added 14 for the Pelicans.
Game 2 is Tuesday night time in Phoenix.
Nance drilled a 3-pointer with 9:41 to go within the sport to carry New Orleans inside 87-81. Paul responded with two 3-pointers, a layup, a brief shot and a driving layup via visitors throughout a span of three:25 because the Suns stretched their result in 99-85 with 6:01 remaining.
Mikal Bridges and Ayton added baskets because the Phoenix lead grew again to 18 with 4:48 left. New Orleans later made one final push and Trey Murphy III drilled a 3-pointer to chop the deficit to 106-97 with 1:44 left earlier than Phoenix closed it out.
Cameron Johnson added 13 factors and Bridges tallied 11 for Phoenix, which shot 53.8 % from the sphere, together with 10 of 28 from 3-point vary.
The Pelicans made 37.9 % of their pictures and have been 9 of 23 from behind the arc.
The Suns displayed they weren’t rusty whereas main by as many as 16 factors within the first quarter. Phoenix shot 61.1 % (11 of 18) from the sphere within the interval whereas the Pelicans made simply 23.1 % (6 of 26). The Suns took a 28-16 lead into the second quarter.
Ayton related on a 3-pointer to offer Phoenix a 51-29 benefit with 59.4 seconds left within the half. The Suns led 53-34 on the break.
Phoenix expanded its result in 65-42 on Booker’s three free throws with 8:29 left within the third quarter. New Orleans trailed by 21 with 5:37 remaining earlier than whipping up a 16-2 burst to maneuver inside 76-69.
Nance’s steal and layup with 0.3 seconds remaining left the Pelicans down 79-71 getting into the ultimate stanza.
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