Suns score vs. Nuggets: Chris Paul helps Phoenix dominate Denver in Game 2 for 2-0 series lead

The Phoenix Suns won a dominant 123-98 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the second round series. The victory was the fifth in a row for Phoenix in the playoffs. Chris Paul led the way for the Suns with 17 points, 15 assists and zero turnovers. Paul’s assist-to-turnover ratio in the series is now 26-1. Devin Booker also added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the soaring Suns.

Phoenix appeared to be a step faster than Denver on both ends of the pitch in Game 2, as he got virtually everything he wanted on the offensive end while making it tough defensively for Denver. The Suns ‘five starters scored in double digits, compared to just two for the Nuggets’ top five. New MVP Nikola Jokic paced the Nuggets with 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, but his output was nowhere near enough, especially with minimal help from the guys around him. Going forward, Nuggets coach Mike Malone will need to find a way to get his team started, especially Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter Jr., who combined just 17 points on 6 of 20 shots in Game 2.

The only good news for the Nuggets right now is that the series is set to move to Denver for Games 3 and 4. There, the Nuggets will obviously be looking to play better than they have been able to. Phoenix. Unfortunately for Denver, the math is not on its side. A total of 430 playoffs started 2-0, and only 28 times the team that took the lead failed to win the series, per Basketball ground. It’s less than seven percent of the time. The most recent example occurred in the first round of this year, when the Los Angeles Clippers beat the The Dallas Mavericks in seven games after losing the first two games of the series. So this is not an impossible feat, but it is unlikely. The Nuggets obviously can’t think of the odds as they need to focus fully on Game 3, which is scheduled for Friday night.


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