Los Denver Nuggets they will play the west end after crushing in Phoenix some Suns that, despite having Devin Booker y Kevin Durant as figures, they closed their season again with a huge fiasco (100-125 and 2-4 in the series).
In this already historic triumph for the Denver franchise, the most outstanding were Nikola Jokic (triple-double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists)Jamal Murray (26 points with 4 triples) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (21 points).
The Suns finished last season with a humiliating defeat in the seventh game and at home against Luka Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks in the Western semifinals (90-123) and this season they crashed again with a bang at the moment they they played the season.
Although the locals somewhat made up the final result in the minutes of garbage, the statistics of the first half accurately reflected the military walk of the Nuggets and the collapse of the Suns.
Denver went on to win by 32 points in the second quarterlanded at halftime with a devastating 51-81, made 61.7% of his field goals, doubled Phoenix in points in the paint (44 vs. 22), controlled the rebound (24 to 13) and only lost 2 balls (versus 8 for the Suns).
Mike Malone’s team not only boasted attacking artillery but also he dazzled on defense screwing Durant (8 points on 2-of-11 shooting in the first half) and Booker (11 points on 4-of-12).
There was no story in an inconsequential second half in which the Suns exhibited sad helplessness and the Nuggets held on to their huge margin without a hitch.
The losses of Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton weighed down the Suns
The Suns, who relived their traumatic elimination against the Mavericks in 2022 almost step by step (then they also lost 30 points after the first half), were booed by their fans at halftime and could only present absences due to injury as ‘mitigating’ by Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton.
Cameron Payne, with 31 points and 7 tripleswas the only one who was saved from the shipwreck in some Suns in which Durant finished with 23 points (8 of 19) and in which Booker disappointed with only 12 points (4 of 13).
The Nuggets are already waiting for the Warriors or Lakers in the Western Conference Final
For their part, the Nuggets will play their first conference final since the 2020 ‘bubble’ and, as leaders in the West in the regular season, they will try to reach their first NBA Finals in their entire history.
His rival will come out of the semifinal between the Los Angeles Lakers of LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors of Stephen Curry (3-2 for those in purple and gold).
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