Home crowd fuels Phoenix Suns to Game 1 victory over Denver Nuggets

Jun 7, 2021, 10:09 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2021, 1:20 am
Phoenix Suns fans cheer during the second half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff ...

Phoenix Suns fans cheer during the second half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series abasing the Denver Nuggets, Monday, June 7, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

Homecourt advantage was evident at Phoenix Suns Arena on Monday night.

The energy from the sold-out crowd ignited the Suns to a 122-105 statement Game 1 win over the Denver Nuggets in the conference semifinals.

After a slow first half for Phoenix, excitement swelled in the mid-third quarter as the team took the lead on a 16-0 run in under four minutes — and the fans only got louder from there.

It seemed like the roof might blow off the top of the arena when the crowd roared after Torrey Craig dunked against his former team in the fourth quarter to give the Suns a 102-84 lead.

Bleacher Report called the home crowd “hyped,” but hyped is an understatement.

Suns center Deandre Ayton said it was the loudest environment he’s played in.

The intensity isn’t surprising from a fanbase that has waited 10 years to see their team in the playoffs and is now watching them dominate as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

“This crowd is crazy. It’s crazy to have the fans in there,” point guard Chris Paul said via Zoom. “The energy, there’s nothing like it. I told the guys, this is why we fought so hard during the regular season to get homecourt advantage and I think we truly had that with our fan base here.”

The social media world quickly took notice of the buzz radiating from the Suns’ stands and its impact on the game:

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