NEW ORLEANS — Chris Paul went 14 for 14 in the greatest capturing night time in NBA playoff historical past, Devin Booker returned from a hamstring personal injury to strike a late 3-pointer and the Phoenix Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans 115-109 on Thursday night to end off the first-round sequence in 6 online games.
Paul experienced the most discipline goals without a skip in a playoff match, strike all 4 of his no cost throws and had eight helps as the leading-seeded Suns overcame a 10-issue halftime deficit.
Phoenix will confront the Dallas-Utah winner in the second round.
Paul aided set the Suns up for fantastic, at 102-101, on an aid on Deandre Ayton’s dunk with 2:12 remaining. Ayton experienced 22 factors on 10-of-12 shooting.
The Suns erased the 10-point halftime deficit by building 13 of their 1st 14 pictures in the third quarter to choose a 77-74 lead. At that issue, Paul was 10 of 10 from the discipline and Ayton was 6 of 6. Paul experienced 13 factors in the quarter, but New Orleans employed an 11-5 operate to take an 85-82 direct into the final period.
Booker performed for the to start with time in nine days considering that injuring his appropriate hamstring right after scoring 31 points in the initial 50 % of Activity 2. He scored 13 details on 5-of-12 taking pictures and experienced 5 rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes.
Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 21 points.
The game bought chippy in the 2nd quarter — there were being 16 fouls identified as — and the Pelicans seemed to revel in the physical play, outsourcing the Suns 30-20 to just take a 58-48 halftime guide.
Suns: Phoenix coach Monty Williams claimed Booker ramped up his conditioning when nursing a hamstring injury by taking part in a person-on-one with assistant mentor Jarrett Jack in the last various times. “He’s been on the flooring with Jack a number of moments, doing the greatest he can to get to that place,” Williams reported.
Pelicans: The Pelicans begun the season 1-12 and 3-16 but however built the perform-in event and pushed the leading-seeded Suns to a Recreation 6. … The Pelicans outrebounded the Suns 279-215 in 6 playoff video games.