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Suns come out firing, shoot 71% in 1st quarter of Game 3 vs. Nuggets

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, front left, looks to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, defends in the first half of Game 3 of an NBA second-round playoff series Friday, June 11, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Phoenix Suns came out firing against the Denver Nuggets in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday night.

The Suns won the contest at Ball Arena in the Mile High City 116-102 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

Phoenix outscored Denver 37-27 in the first quarter, marking the most points the Suns have scored in the opening period of any game this postseason.

The Suns did so by shooting a whopping 71% from the floor compared to 44% for the Nuggets in the first 12 minutes of the contest.

Phoenix finished the game shooting 43-of-81 (53.1%).

All-Star guard Devin Booker led the way for Phoenix with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting to go along with three assists while also being the only Sun to play the entirety of the first quarter.

He finished the first game with a tally of 28 points on 11-of-23 shooting (47.8%) and four assists.

Booker was single-handedly beating the Nuggets 7-6 at one point just four minutes into the contest.

Suns forward Jae Crowder also added six points on a pair of threes in the first quarter.

He finished Game 3 with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor (55.6%) and 4-for-6 from deep.

Phoenix will try to stamp its ticket to the Western Conference Finals with a win in Game 4 on Sunday night.

Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. Catch all the action on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

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