The Pelicans caused a shock wave in the Western Conference, as they beat the Suns by controlling the second half 69-53 behind 67% of the titles and 73% with three throws! A shock wave because they regained the field advantage, but also because Devin Booker left injured after an exceptional first game.
From the start, 18 points from the Brandon Ingram-CJ McCollum duo allowed the Pelicans, who continue to dominate the offensive rebound, to take a seven-point lead but 16 points from Devin Booker, including 4 from 6 from afar, Suns on call (30- 28). New Orleans holds its own through its ex-Blazers husband, McCollum – Nance Jr, but Booker continues his fest. He added 15 points before the break, as the Phoenix defense caused seven loose balls to advance in the first half (61-55).
While the Pelicans’ defense focuses on Devin Booker, the other Suns lack the skill. Then Willie Green’s men seize the opportunity to reverse the trend. 14 points from Brandon Ingram fired 19-7 to put the last Western Conference playoff nine points ahead (90-81). Suns responds with a 13-5 to start the last period. They got the score but lost Devin Booker, who has a hamstring injury.
Then the pelicans take the opportunity to strengthen their defense and add a layer. McCollum and Ingram tied tricky shot after tricky shot to lead by eight points (118-110). Despite the efforts of Chris Paul and Michal Bridges, the Suns failed to reverse the trend and the Pelican Pocket is a well-deserved victory!
What to remember
– Devin Booker starts with a bang. With Sun’s side struggling in the first half, BDevin ooker took charge with style to keep his team engaged and give them the lead at the break. Noon Al Shams scored 31 points on 12/18 shots, including 7/10 from distance, a success short of his record in the playoffs, with worrisome ease despite all the Pelicans’ defensive efforts.
– Phoenix Defense raises its tone. Lacking rhythm, with the exception of Booker, the Suns relied on their defense to dominate the second quarter. It all started with two interceptions from Cam Payne, along with the always perfect effort from Michael Bridges and Jay Crowder, to force seven loose balls and an 11-point turn to stop Pushing force Swans take back control of the game.
– Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum. The two New Orleans stars dominated the last quarter to repel Chris Paul’s attacks. They scored 20 of 35 points for their team in the final quarter, and were also able to count on the contribution of Jose Alvarado, who was also decisive.
– Foster 14 Paul 0. Chris Paul has yet to win a single playoff match when Scott Foster was one of the three judges. It’s anecdotal, but crazy…
^ Brandon Ingram. The former Laker scored 26 of 37 points after the break to give his team the win. In addition to being crucial late in the game, the winger came close to a hat-trick, with 11 rebounds and 9 assists.
^ CJ McCollum. The swan’s butt also responded. He was his team’s best player in the first half, before helping Ingram in the final quarter. He also finished on the gates of a hat-trick with 23 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds.
^ Devin Booker. The Suns All-Star goalkeeper started in full swing, with 31 first-half points before passing out due to injury. The Suns didn’t want to take the risk, let’s hope Devin Booker is available for the rest of the series.
✅ ⛔ Chris Paul. The Suns main team tried to grab Devin Booker late in the game. Although he doubled (17 points, 14 assists) without losing a single ball, he lacked success (5/16 on shots) to change the face of the match.
⛔Jay Crowder. With 2/11 weak shots, the Suns winger couldn’t make the stalemate of the Pelicans defense pay the price.
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