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Phoenix Suns take Game 3 win over Denver Nuggets to lead series 3-0

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul drives as Denver Nuggets guard Facundo Campazzo is slowed by screen by Suns forward Dario Saric during 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 delivered another blow to Denver on Friday, defeating the Nuggets 116-102 to take a 3-0 series lead.

This time around, the Suns came out blazing from the start to score their most first quarter points yet of the postseason (37) on 71% shooting. Meanwhile, the Nuggets were shooting 44%.

Phoenix held a 59-55 halftime lead they never surrendered.

Devin Booker paced the Suns with 28 points on 11-for-23 shooting over 40 minutes of play, while Chris Paul totaled 27 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Deandre Ayton led the team with 15 rebounds.

On a night when he was presented the MVP trophy, Nikola Jokic kept his team afloat, recording a team-high 32 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists. The center picked up a technical in the fourth quarter.

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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