Denver, Colorado 2021-06-13 22:52:03 –
Denver (AP) —Phoenix Suns entered the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 11 years, defeating Denver 125-118 and completing the Nuggets’ four-game sweep. The exit of MVP Nikola Jokić was also included.
Chris Paul scored 37 points and Devin Booker added 34 in a physical game hurt by Jokić’s exit.
Jokić was thrown with 3:52 remaining in the third quarter, and the Nuggets swiped a strong windmill with his right hand to fly a basketball and then dragged him 83-76, but Cameron Payne was also caught in his face.
Booker was angry at the hard foul and made the face of a big man before his teammates and coach separated everyone.
Officials evaluated Jokić and Booker’s double technical and dismissed the MVP after raising a call to Flagrant 2. Jokić finished in 28 minutes with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
The Ball Arena Nuggets and their fans were dissatisfied with their need for a ticking foul, but Jokić didn’t receive the call expected of the most valuable player. ..
Sands has won the playoffs seven times in a row in the franchise and, for the first time since 2010, advanced to the final tournament championship that reached the playoffs.
After knocking out LeBron James and defending champion Lakers in Round 1, Sands immediately sent Denver to make Jokić the first MVP swept in the playoff series since Magic Johnson in 1989.
Will Barton led Denver, Denver advanced to the fourth quarter with 13 points, with 25 points Michael Porter Jr. adding 20 and Monte Morris adding 19.
The Nuggets survived the loss of Jamal Murray, whose ACL was broken on April 12, ending the regular season with 13 out of 18 games and taking care of the Portland Trail Blazers in five of the opening rounds.
But when the second scoring option, Porter, tweaked what was surgically repaired against Phoenix in the first half of Game 1, the Nuggets were one injury that was too far to overcome.
Denver coach Michael Malone said before the chip-off that the Nuggets couldn’t really rely on experience from the bubble to overcome the 3 to 1 deficit in last year’s playoffs. For one thing, Murray is recovering from knee surgery.
Malone said the Nuggets’ sole focus was on sending the series back to Phoenix for Game 5.
Instead, Jokić was the first MVP to be wiped out in the playoff series since Pistons defeated Magic Johnson and the Lakers in the 1989 NBA Finals.
Jokić’s exit happened 48 hours later Emotional celebration Before Game 3 where Serbs dedicated MVP trophies to teammates, coaches, trainers and front offices.
Jokić, the only NBA player to play all 72 games this season, spent the fourth quarter in the locker room due to an inadequate comeback of his teammates.
Despite Sweep and Jokić’s early exit, fans were “MVP! MVP when they flowed out of the arena.”
Suns: Booker scored 10 points in the first quarter, despite missing 6 out of 9 shots. … Phoenix dragged only once 2-0 before Booker’s 3 pointers raised Sands forever.
Nuggets: Murray got a big applause when he shot a one-legged jumper before the match and drained one from the half-court. … Malone sat in Fakund Compazzo and Austin Rivers for Morris and Burton, rocking his stagnant starting lineup.
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