Last qualifying in the playoffs, the Pelicans faced a mountain with the Suns and their best record in the league. Phoenix dominated his theme, and aside from a joke from the Bills at the end of the third quarter, Chris Paul (30 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds) and Devin Booker (25 points, 8 assists) provided the basics with a victory net to open the playoffs (110-99). ).
The start of the match confirmed this extreme duel with the initial 11-4 which turned into 17-8. On 23/5 of shots to start, against 11/16 in Phoenix, New Orleans took a wall off from the start.
If there was better for the Pelicans in the second quarter, with 7-0 allowing them to score a bit, the Suns perfectly mastered their theme by keeping NOLA to their lowest score in the first half. 53-34).
As striking as throughout “Play In,” the Pelicans gradually made their nest, delaying them, by 16-2, with the awakening of CJ McCollum and Larry Nance Jr. Still a great value on the bench. But Phoenix will finally be woken up by Chris Paul coordinating 16-4 to regain an 18-point lead 5 minutes from the end.
New Orleans had fought back but Phoenix logically won this game 1 at home (110-99).
What to remember
– Demonstration in the first half. When the Suns are already playing their game with Deandre Ayton collecting easy balls in the paint, the Pelicans have to work hard to find shots. And when it’s not Ayton, it’s JaVale McGee who zips off to Alley-oop perfectly served by Devin Booker. Phoenix passes 9-0 to confirm his rise (28-12) at the end of the first quarter (28-16). In complete control of operations, Suns will simply limit NOLA to the lowest total points scored in the first half, a demonstration (53-34).
– Swans don’t give up. The Pelicans are trying to recover with a big dunk from Brandon Igram at the start of the third quarter but Ayton continues to dominate inside, with two new blocks on Jonas Valanciunas. At +10 or more since the end of the first quarter, Phoenix relaxes a bit and takes 16-2 off Pels (76-69). Cam Johnson will break the series with a timely offensive rebound and three-point action, but New Orleans is in an ambush (79-71).
– Chris Paul takes over. CJ McCollum scores 7 points in a row and confirms direction but Chris Paul steps in as chief. Both in scoring (10 points in 3 minutes) and passing JaVale McGee in the dunk, CP3 returns the points to i. Base already scored 17 of his team’s 19 points (6/6 on picks) and added a nice interception for prediction and reading. It was he who put the Sun back on track, scoring 19 out of 30 points in the final quarter.
Tops / swings
✅ Chris Paul. When the Pelican returned to -6, he took the lead. Score: 19 points in the last quarter and the sun resumes +15! Chris Paul finished with a base streak of 30 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals, all at 12/16 on shots including 4/6 from 3 throws. Great art!
✅ Dender Eaton. If he ends up losing a bit after calling Herb Jones, Deandre Ayton (21 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks) made a very good first game. Dominant under the boards, with several counterattacks against Valancionas, he also made his share offensively (with a very clean 10/15) including a 3-point shot into the pass.
✅ Devin Booker. He was further snuffed out at the end of the game, and Devin Booker still finished with 25 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds, meaning Phoenix’s All Star strength impact. In fact, the D-Book made its mark in the first (10) and third (11) quarters, eventually making way for CP3.
✅⛔️Jonas Valanciunas. Unable to get the lowest basket under the circle against Ayton in the first half, Jonas Valanciunas still picked up rebounds. He woke up late in the game to score 18 points along with his personal best (in the playoffs) at 25 rebounds. But this 7/21 when shots are important…
⛔️ Brandon Ingram. Untenable in “Play In,” Brandon Ingram didn’t experience the same performance in this first game of the playoffs. His mid-range attempts were well defended and the weak winger came under defensive pressure from the sun, whether it was Michael Bridges’ length or Jay Crowder’s physique. With 18 points off 17 shots and 5 stray bullets, it was a tough evening…
Game 2: At night from Tuesday to Wednesday at 4 am.