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