Point guard Chris Paul scored 17 factors and set an NBA play-off file as he helped the Phoenix Suns to a 123-98 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Paul, 36, turned the primary participant to rack up three play-off video games with 15 assists and no turnovers.
An emphatic win gave the Suns a 2-Zero lead within the best-of-seven Western Conference semi-finals collection.
It was the Nuggets’ heaviest defeat of the season, with head coach Michael Malone calling it “embarrassing”.
Devin Booker scored a team-best 18 factors for the Suns, who’ve now received 5 consecutive post-season video games.
Every Suns starter scored double figures, and Paul mentioned: “It was a team effort, once again.”
Denver’s Nikola Jokic, who was introduced on Wednesday as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, was the guests’ most influential participant with 24 factors, 13 rebounds and 6 assists – greater than his aspect’s different starters mixed – regardless of sitting out all the fourth quarter.
“This was just an embarrassing performance all the way around, from top to bottom,” mentioned head coach Malone.
“I saw one team that wanted to be here, played with purpose and urgency, and one team that did not want to be here and played with no urgency.”
Game three might be performed in Denver on Friday.
Defensive award for Gobert
Elsewhere, the NBA introduced that Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert is the 2020-21 Defensive Player of the Year.
It is the third time the 7ft 1in Frenchman has received the award, this time incomes 84 of 100 first-place votes.
“When I started basketball as I kid, if somebody would have told me that I was going to be defensive player of the year [once], let alone three times, I would have never believed them,” he mentioned after choosing up his award.