Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals took place on Saturday night between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers.
after the Suns cut the series lead in Game 3.
With a victory in Game 4, the Clippers aimed to tie the series 2-2.
The Suns, however, had other ideas for the Clippers.
As they added a further victory to their total in the seven-game series.
The Suns defeated the Clippers 84-80 to win the close match between the two teams, moving ahead in the series 3-1.
The Suns got off to a fast start and took the lead early.
But the Clippers weren’t giving up easily.
The Clippers then staged a comeback in the second half.
in the final few seconds of the fourth quarter, defeating them ultimately.
Despite having a broken nose, Devin Booker led the Suns. Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton come next.
Paul George, on the other hand, was the Clippers’ leader.
And he got assistance from Reggie Jackson and Ivica Zubac while their star player Kawhi Leonard was out.
In the first half, the Suns took the lead.
Ivica Zubac responded to Deandre Ayton’s opening layup with a dunk off of a pass from Marcus Morris Sr.
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On Chris Paul’s pass, Devin Booker came up with a floater. Jae Crowder made a long two-pointer and made it.
Soon after, Booker added a mid-range jump shot, and the Suns immediately had a 12-point lead over the Clippers.
The Clippers’ Paul George made a three-pointer, and Zubac added a hook shot on the following possession.
With 5:55 left in the first quarter, this reduced the Suns’ advantage to five points.
On the other end, Booker missed a jump shot, and Paul George responded with a layup.
With 3:16 left in the quarter, Nicholas Batum made a three-pointer to make it 23-13.
Terence Mann missed a three-point attempt, cutting the margin to five points.
The quarter ended with the Suns leading the Clippers 29-20 after a 4-0 run by the Suns gave them a 9-point advantage.
The Suns were ahead of the Clippers.
The second quarter’s opening basket was missed by Luke Kennard. A fading jumper was added by Reggie Jackson.
On the following possession, he added another long shot.
After that, Booker made a three-pointer and Cameron Johnson followed suit.
Paul’s pass was sunk by Ayton.
With 6:36 left in the quarter, Ayton’s block of Jackson at the rim gave the Suns a 13-point lead.
On the other end, Booker made a trey shot. George responded by putting on a jumper.
With fewer than three minutes remaining in the quarter, they were up 44-31 when Ayton missed a jump shot.
On the other end, Zubac sank a dunk, and Paul responded with a mid-range jumper over Zubac.
On the other end, Jackson made a wide-open three-pointer.
In the last few seconds of the second quarter, Mikal Bridges missed a layup.
As a result, the Suns took the lead once more as the quarter ended 50-36 for them.
In the third quarter, the Clippers rally.
For the Clippers, Zuback sank a dunk, and Reggie Jackson added a reverse layup on the subsequent possession.
Paul then responded with a jumper on the opposing side.
Bridges then stopped Reggie Jackson at the rim after Patrick Beverly missed a jump shot.
A jump shot was made by Chris Paul back-to-back.
On the following possession, George added a jumper and Zubac sank a dunk.
With just under five minutes remaining in the quarter, they led by 53-39.
Bridges missed a jump shot, and Jackson retaliated on George’s pass with a three-pointer.
Jackson then responded with a jumper in response to Booker’s jumper.
The Suns were ahead at the end of the third quarter, 69-66.
Suns win the game.
George retaliated with a jumper after Booker opened the fourth quarter by missing a layup.
The Clippers made their free throws to cut the deficit to one point after Paul George drew a foul.
Ayton then made a dunk after Chris Paul found him for an alley-oop opportunity.
At 73-72, neither team had scored by the halfway point of the quarter.
Finally, Booker made a mid-range jump shot to increase the margin to three points.
But Jackson immediately responded, taking down a jumper.
Chris Paul then made a reverse layup on the opposing end.
Mann missed a layup to cut the Suns’ lead after Book fouled out of the contest.
With his free throws, George again trimmed the margin to one point.
The Suns prevailed in the battle of the free throws, which brought the game to a close.
Paul George remarked, “It was a crazy, emotional game.”
The Suns barely outperformed the LA Clippers with a field goal percentage of 36 percent.
Coach Monty Williams of the Suns said, “That was a slugfest. “There’s no doubt it wasn’t Offense 101.”
“We had a chance to take the lead on 12 possessions, but we couldn’t do it,” said Clippers coach Tyronn Lue. It simply wouldn’t fall our way.
Both teams’ nights with few goals.
With 25 points and 2 rebounds, Devin Booker led the Suns.
Deandre Ayton scored 19 points while grabbing a staggering 22 rebounds.
Additionally, he blocked four shots.
Chris Paul made an 18 point, 4 rebound, and 7 assist contribution.
All the other players, however, were unable to reach double digit scoring.
Mikal Bridges only scored six points while grabbing 13 rebounds.
Paul George, however, led the Clippers with a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds.
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He played 42 minutes and distributed 6 assists.
Reggie Jackson, who finished with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and an assist, came next.
Ivica Zubac scored 13 points while pulling down 14 rebounds.
Terence Mann led the bench with 12 points and 4 rebounds, and no other player reached double digits in scoring.
On Monday in Phoenix, the Clippers and Suns will play Game 5.
In fact, Game 5 will determine the fate of the two teams.
If the Clippers triumph, they force Game 6 and, if the Suns triumph, they advance to the NBA Finals.
As a result, it will be interesting to see who will qualify for the NBA Finals first.
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