Phoenix Suns: Top 5 Performances in the Playoffs so Far

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Phoenix Suns Top Five Playoff Performance: Chris Paul vs Nuggets, Game 4

This one was a midrange masterclass. In modern basketball where 3-pointers are more prevalent than ever, Paul dominated the game with his scoring while neglecting to attempt a single shot from outside.

CP3 would end the game with 37 points to close out this series in Denver, including 25 points in the second half. In his 14-19 field goal performance, Paul even made nine consecutive shots at one point.

This performance would go down as one for the books in many ways, as Paul became the oldest player in NBA playoff history to score at least 35 points in a closeout game. He also became one of three players to score at least 35 points during a playoff game after turning 36.

Paul also played incredibly clean during his scoring barrage. He tallied seven assists, went 9-9 from the charity stripe, and only turned over the rock twice. After the game, several prominent sports figures payed tribute to Paul, including new Arizona resident JJ Watt.

Paul’s game-breaking play en route to a sweep proved pivotal during the coming days as well. Every other series still being played during the postseason’s second stage is still several days away from completion, with Phoenix accomplishing the only clean sweep. This will surely help the Suns in the long run.