Phoenix Suns embarrass Denver Nuggets in 123-98 Game 2 win

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Phoenix Suns embarrass Denver Nuggets in 123-98 Game 2 win


Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone and forward Aaron Gordon said they played soft in the Game 1 loss Monday.

They talked about responding.

Being more physical. More aggressive. 

Then Game 2 started and the only thing that changed from Game 1 was Phoenix didn’t wait until the third quarter to take control.

The Suns led for all but the first 30 seconds of Wednesday’s 123-98 victory before a charged and energized sellout crowd of 16,529 at Phoenix Suns Arena in taking a 2-0 series lead in this best-of-7 conference semifinals series.

“We’re just trying to play the right way for each other,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “We try to play hard every single night. That’s who we are. That’s our DNA. Our guys share the ball. I think the thing that’s really cool to watch is guys making plays for each other. This is playoff basketball and that’s how we have to play to be successful.” 

Jun 9, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams huddles with his players against the Denver Nuggets during game two in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

Leading by as many as 31, the Suns will look to take a 3-0 series in Friday’s Game 3 in Denver. They looked so convincing in victory Wednesday, their fans were chanting, “Suns in 4, Suns in 4!” in the fourth quarter.

“It’s hard to put into words,” Booker said about the fan reactions throughout the game. “Even Deandre (Ayton) coming to me and being like, ‘man, we seen it when it was,’ and I tell him every time, ‘I’ve seen it before you were here, also.” 

That chant sounded more like a premonition to Malone.

“This was just an embarrassing performance for myself all the way to the last player,” he said. “We’re walking out of here with our heads held down, rightfully so. There’s a reason their crowd is yelling ‘Suns in 4’ and they’re calling for a sweep because if we play like this back in Denver, this is going to be a really quick series.”

Jun 9, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) reacts to a foul against the Phoenix Suns during game two in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

The Suns won Game 2 with all five starters scoring in double figures for a second straight game as Booker scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Chris Paul posted 17 points, 15 assists to no turnovers, and five rebounds.

NBA MVP Nikola Jokic paced Denver with 24 points as he gave the Nuggets a 2-0 lead to open the game.





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