The Denver Nuggets have taken the first game of their second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns, dominating with a 125-107 victory. The Suns will need to rebound quickly, as the postseason only grows more challenging as it continues.
The standout player of the night was Jamal Murray, who dropped 34 points for the Nuggets. He was joined by teammates Nikola Jokic, who put up 24 points, 19 rebounds, and five assists, and Aaron Gordon, who scored 23 points.
Despite Phoenix’s high hopes going into the game, it was Denver who set the pace and took control early on. They led by as much as 23 points at one stage and never looked threatened throughout the remainder of the game. Phoenix’s struggles with turnovers were evident, finishing the night with 16 turnovers, while also being out-rebounded by the Nuggets 49-38.
The first half saw plenty of lead changes, but the Nuggets eventually pulled away, leading by 17 points at halftime.
With just five minutes remaining, the Suns conceded defeat and emptied their bench, clearly outplayed by the Nuggets.
The Nuggets’ three-point shooting was especially lethal, as they made 16 of their 37 attempts, a 43.2% success rate. As the series progresses, the Suns will need to regroup and find a way to counter the Nuggets’ formidable attack.
The anticipated battle between Jokic and Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton was a one-sided affair, with Ayton appearing as little more than a spectator. The Suns allowed the Nuggets to snag 16 offensive rebounds, which proved to be a major factor in their loss.
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