NBA Playoffs: Chris Paul and Mikal Bridges Kill Brave Pelicans

The Phoenix Suns just need one more win to advance to the second round of the playoffs. In the 112: 97 victory in Game 5 for a 3-2 league lead, Chris Paul and Co. fought. against the brave Pelicans. Mikal Bridges shines like a two-way force.

Phoenix Suns (1) – New Orleans Pelicans (8) 112: 97 (BOXSCORE), Series: 3-2

Meanwhile, CP3 had to contend again with the annoying defense from the long Fur defenders, but Point God was there at the start of the game and also in the fourth quarter. Paul scored 22 points (8/18 FG) and 11 assists with just 1 turnover. In relation to Game 4, he could also look forward to strong support from his teammates.

Above all, Bridges delivered an excellent game, both offensively and defensively. He welded all of his 4 three-point attempts through the trap to 31 points (12/17 FG, playoff career best) and also set the career high with 4 blocks to regular season and playoffs.

“We just put him on everyone defensively. We can not clone him, but I wish we could,” Suns coach Monty Williams excited about his defensive ace, the loud. ESPN statistics and info Opponent CJ McCollum kept off the field at 1/9 and Brandon Ingram at 1/5, but also had to submit 47 minutes. In fact, he’s only the seventh player in NBA history to have 30+ points, 4 threes and 4 blocks in a playoff game. The others are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter.

Deandre Ayton (19 and 9 rebounds), Cameron Payne (12) and Cam Johnson (8, 9 rebounds and 5 assists) also did well. In the Pelicans, Ingram was the most productive scorer (22, 7/19 FG), but like McCollum (21, 7/22 FG), he had some efficiency issues. Jonas Valanciunas contributed 17 points and 14 rebounds, giving the visitors another advantage on the boards (13: 6 offensive rebounds and 15: 6 second chance points). But since New Orleans only had 40 percent of the home team’s throwing rate of 50 percent and only hit 5/25 from a distance, that was not enough in the end.

The Suns made a much better impression from the start compared to match 4. Paul immediately found his rhythm with three goals in a row and Ayton was also aggressive at both ends of the pitch. The defense forced 6 Pelicans turnovers, held back on rebounding – in part with a twin towers lineup with Ayton and McGee – and then, with one minute left of the first quarter, Payne hit the first three to a 9-0-barrel sink, Phoenix was a madhouse. 32:20 after the first quarter.

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