The Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers squared off in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday night. After tying the series in Game 3 against the Suns. With a win in Game 4, the Clippers hoped to square the series at 2-2. The Suns, on the other hand, had different ideas for the Clippers. They added another victory to their seven-game winning streak.
Following that, the Clippers made a comeback in the second half. And eventually, beat them in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter. Despite a nasal injury, Devin Booker led the Suns. Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul followed.
“After a hard-fought battle, the Suns defeated the Clippers 84-80 to take a 3-1 series lead. The Suns got out to a fast start, seizing the lead in the first half. The Clippers, on the other hand, were not going down without a fight.
The Clippers, on the other side, were led by Paul George. In the absence of their star player, Kawhi Leonard, he was assisted by Reggie Jackson and Ivica Zubac.”
In The First Half, The Suns Took The Lead
Deandre Ayton opened the first quarter with a layup, and Ivica Zubac responded with a dunk off a pass from Marcus Morris Sr. Devin Booker hit a floater off Chris Paul’s pass. Jae Crowder made a deep two-point shot.
Soon after, Booker added a mid-range jumper, and the Suns had a 12-point lead against the Clippers. For the Clippers, Paul George made a three-pointer, and Zubac followed with a hook shot.
With 5:55 remaining in the first quarter, this cut the Suns’ lead to five points. On the other end, Booker hit a jumper, and Paul George responded with a layup.
With 3:16 left in the quarter, Nicholas Batum hit a three-pointer to put them up 23-13. Terence Mann hit a three-pointer, cutting the lead to five points. The Suns went on a 4-0 run, gaining a 9-point lead and leading the Clippers 29-20 at the end of the quarter.
The Clippers were behind the Suns
Luke Kennard scored the game’s opening basket in the second quarter. Reggie Jackson adds a fadeaway jumper to his arsenal. On the next possession, he added another long jumper. Booker followed with a three-pointer, and Cameron Johnson followed with another.
On Paul’s pass, Ayton slammed it home. With 6:36 remaining in the quarter, Ayton blocked Jackson at the rim, giving the Suns a 13-point advantage. On the other end, Booker hit a jump shot. George responded with a jumper.
They were 44-31 with less than three minutes left in the quarter when Ayton hit a jumper. On the opposite end, Zubac dunked, and Paul responded with a mid-range jumper over Zubac.
On the opposite end, Jackson made a wide-open three-pointer. In the final seconds of the second quarter, Mikal Bridges made a layup. As a result, the quarter concluded 50-36, with the Suns retaking the lead.
In the third quarter, the Clippers mount a comeback
The Clippers got a dunk from Zuback and a reverse layup from Reggie Jackson on the next possession. Paul then responded with a jumper from the other side. Bridges then blocked Reggie Jackson near the rim after Patrick Beverly hit a jumper.
Back-to-back jump shots from Chris Paul. On the next possession, Zubac dunked and George added a jumper. With less than five minutes remaining in the quarter, they led 53-39.
Bridges hit a jumper, and Jackson responded with a three-pointer off George’s assist. Booker then produced a jumper, and Jackson responded with a jumper as well.
The quarter finished with the Suns leading 69-66.
The Suns win the game
Booker opened the fourth quarter with a layup, and George responded with a jumper. With the free throws, the Clippers trimmed the lead to one point after Paul George was fouled.
Chris Paul then found Ayton for an alley-oop, and Ayton nailed it. Halfway through the quarter, both teams were scoreless at 73-72. Finally, Booker hit a mid-range jumper to stretch the margin to three points.
Jackson, on the other hand, responded immediately, banging down a jumper. Chris Paul then made a reverse layup on the other end. Book fouled out, and Mann scored a basket to cut the Suns’ advantage to one point.
With free throws, George trimmed the lead to one point once more. The game concluded with a free throws duel between the teams, with the Suns emerging victorious.
Paul George described the game as “crazy, intense.” The Los Angeles Clippers shot 32% from the field, while the Phoenix Suns shot 36%.
“It was a slugfest,” said Suns coach Monty Williams. “It certainly wasn’t Offense 101.”
“We had a chance to grab the lead on 12 possessions and couldn’t do it,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said.
It just wasn’t going to fall for us.”
Both Clubs Had A Low Scoring Night
The Suns were led by Devin Booker, who scored 25 points and grabbed two rebounds. Deandre Ayton led the way with 19 points and 22 rebounds. He also blocked four shots.
Chris Paul had 18 points, four rebounds, and seven assists. Meanwhile, none of the other players scored in double figures. Mikal Bridges had 13 rebounds but only six points.
Paul George, on the other hand, led the Clippers with a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds. He had six assists and appeared in 42 minutes. Reggie Jackson followed with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and an assist.
Ivica Zubac had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Similarly, Terence Mann led the bench with 12 points and 4 rebounds, while no other players scored in double figures.
The Clippers and Suns square off in Game 5 on Monday in Phoenix. In reality, Game 5 will determine the fate of the two teams. If the Suns win, they go to the NBA Finals; if the Clippers win, they force Game 6.
As a result, it will be interesting to watch who will be the first to qualify for the NBA Finals.