Farewell, Denver Nuggets.
Hello Western Conference Finals.
The Phoenix Suns completed a conference semifinal with a 125-118 victory in Game 4 on Sunday against the Nuggets in front of 18,290 fans at the Ball Arena.
Chris Paul once again took over the lead of the Suns in the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2010, which was the last time they reached the playoffs.
Paul, 36, scored 12 of his 37 points in the third quarter with a perfect 6-for-6 shot, keeping the Nuggets at bay.
Taking nine consecutive shots at one point, Paul scored 25 points in the second half with a 10 for 12 shot.
The Nuggets lost Nikola Jokic, who was sent off after scoring a flagrant 2 on a foul on Cameron Payne with 3:52 left in third.
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The Suns went on a 13-5 run in building their biggest lead of 16 at the end of the quarter. Jokic ended his NBA MVP season with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.
The Nuggets got close to four with 8:01 left in the match, but Paul-led Phoenix took control late to take out the third seed.
With Phoenix leading by six, Paul scored five quick points with the latter being recovered by Mikal Bridges over Will Barton to give Phoenix a 114-103 lead while Denver manager Michael Malone called a timeout to 2:56 from the end of the game.
Devin Booker went for 32 points while Bridges and Deandre Ayton added 14 and 12 respectively.
Setting a franchise record for most streak in the playoffs to seven, the second-seeded Suns will play with the Utah Jazz or Los Angeles Clippers in the conference finals.
The seeded Jazz are up 2-1 after Saturday’s 132-106 defeat to the Clippers in Los Angeles. Game 4 is Monday at the Staples Center.
The conference finals will begin on June 20 if the Clippers-Jazz series ends in five or six games. If the best-of-seven series goes to seven, the conference finals will begin on June 22nd.