Phoenix Suns take series lead against Los Angeles Clippers
By Press Association 2021
The Phoenix Suns moved closer to their first NBA Finals in 28 years with a narrow victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
The Suns took a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference best-of-seven final series with an 84-80 victory in Los Angeles, and hope to complete their advance on Monday in Phoenix.
Devin Booker led the way with 25 points before committing a last-minute foul, Deandre Ayton had 19 points and 22 rebounds, while former Clipper Chris Paul had 18 points.
In a draft game, the Clippers shot just 32% for the game, while Phoenix was only slightly better at 36%.
The Suns led by nine points after the first quarter and 50-36 at the half, and were able to knock out their rivals again after LA won the third quarter 30-19, holding them 15- 14 to the last.
LA’s shots were mediocre in all cases except for the third quarter, when they came close to the Suns’ three points. The home side missed a point four times in the fourth quarter, but a crucial series of free throws from Paul helped guide the Phoenix home.
Paul George topped the Clippers’ score with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Reggie Jackson had 20 points, while Ivica Zubac had 13 points and 14 rebounds.
The Eastern Conference Finals are stuck 1-1 between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks, with Game 3 in Atlanta on Sunday.