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.
The suns take control – Pelicans remain poisonous
Despite sub-chain dog-like defense by Jose Alvarado CP3 continued to build its points account, but McCollum and Ingram fought well. Because the three in Phoenix did not take place for a long time (1/10 starting from downtown), New Orleans stayed within striking distance. But then Johnson, Bridges and Landry Shamet hit three threes, and Ayton raised to +17 in the zone. The Suns went to the break at 59:46.
Almost traditionally in this series, the third quarter belongs to the Pelicans, as was the case in Game 5. First, however, Jae Crowder (9) and Bridges gave the visitors more triples, which increased the lead again to 18 points. But NOLA was now dangerous again in rebounding and in the zone, Valanciuna scored 10 points in this section alone. With CP3 on the bench, the Pelicans crawled back to a single-digit deficit. An important distance goal by Payne brought the Suns back to 89:78 shortly before the end of the quarter.
Bridges just kept up the good work, blocking a jumper from McCollum and a few minutes later following up with his next triple. Paul got some distance against Herb Jones after a long time and lowered a midranger, but the Pelicans kept annoying the favorite. For example, in Alvarado’s person with three in the middle of the round (92:99) or by he the next 8-second violation against Paul forced.
NBA Playoffs: Suns secure match points against Pelicans
Ingram, however, missed several free throws, which Paul immediately punished – of course with a midrange jumper after a fake shot against Alvarado. Then Bridges got a theft and Phoenix went back to +11. With two minutes left, Johnson pulled out a poster can and the Pelicans had no answer.
Thus, Phoenix got to play 5 in this top series, giving the Suns a 50th three-quarter lead this season – on the 50th try! The winners of games 5 to 3-2 also take the series 82.2 percent of the time. The Pelicans are fighting for survival in New Orleans Friday night.
NBA Playoffs – Suns vs. Pelicans: The Series at a Glance (3-2)
|1||April 18||3 o’clock||Phoenix Suns||New Orleans Pelicans||110: 99|
|2||the 20th of April||4 o’clock||Phoenix Suns||New Orleans Pelicans||114: 125|
|3||23rd April||3.30||New Orleans Pelicans||Phoenix Suns||111: 114|
|4||April 25||3.30||New Orleans Pelicans||Phoenix Suns||118: 103|
|5||April 27||4 o’clock||Phoenix Suns||New Orleans Pelicans||112: 97|
|6||April 29||1:30||New Orleans Pelicans||Phoenix Suns||–|
|7 *||May 1||TBD||Phoenix Suns||New Orleans Pelicans||–|