April 17, 2023 (Jack87 News) – BK8 The focus of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against the Suns and Clippers was held in Phoenix. In this game, George continued to truce due to injury, while Payne was unable to play for the Suns. After 4 quarters of fierce fighting, the Clippers defeated the Suns 115-110 to win the series for the first time.
The score of the two sides in four quarters (the Clippers first): 30-18, 29-36, 22-27, 34-29
Clippers player data: Leonard 38 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Westbrook 9 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists, Eric Gordon 19 points, Zubac 12 points and 14 rebounds, Batum 3 points, Norman – Powell 14 points, Mann 10 points
Suns player data: Durant 27 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists, Booker 26 points, Paul 7 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Ayton 18 points and 8 rebounds, Clegg 22 points and 4 rebounds
The game begins with not much action on both sides. It was not until 10 minutes and 13 seconds that Gordon shot the first shot. Then the two teams took the lead alternately. At 6 minutes and 41 seconds, the two sides fought to a 10-10 tie but the Clippers played a more efficient offense after the rotation in the second half. 22Bet Leonard led the team to score consecutively and opened the point difference to double digits. With Powell’s buzzer hit, the Clippers led the Suns 30-18.
In the second quarter, Durant began to exert force, but the Clippers also responded offensively. Zubac’s consecutive scoring at the basket helped the Clippers continue to lead. At 5 minutes and 18 seconds, Durant scored his 8th point in a fast break, but was still 11 points behind the Clippers. With the main players such as Leonard and Westbrook returning to the court, the Clippers continued to resist the counterattack of the Suns with high-efficiency offense. The Clippers still led by 5 points at the end of the first half.
After changing sides, Leonard scored consecutively in the opening game, but the Suns quickly woke up. Booker used his personal ability to continuously narrow the point difference, driving the scoring efficiency of his teammates, and quickly completed the overtake. At 5 minutes and 25 seconds, Ayton made a mid-range shot for the Suns to lead against the Clippers. In the second half of the third quarter, both teams fell into a scoring drought. The Clippers, who left the main force on the field, also took advantage of the situation to regain the initiative. At 1 minute and 23 seconds, Leonard stepped back and made a three-pointer with only 1 point difference left. Mann’s final layup also helped the Clippers equalize the score, and the two teams entered the decisive quarter with a tie.
Came fourth quarter, Leonard scored 5 points in a row against Durant. Neither team opened up the point difference. After that, Bet99 Clegg also played 2+1 to help the Suns narrow the difference to 1 point. At 2 minutes and 36 seconds, Leonard hit a three-pointer, and at 2 minutes and 00 seconds, he scored another three-pointer. At 1:33, Leonard assisted Gordon and scored another three-pointer. The Clippers played a wave of offensive and extended their lead to 6 points . At 1 minute and 24 seconds, Durant also responded with a three-pointer, and then Paul made 2 free throws and hit all of them. The point difference returned to 1 point again, and the Clippers called a timeout. Back from the timeout, the Clippers’ enthusiasm played a role. Although they missed the shot, they rushed to grab offensive rebounds. The Clippers still kept the ball from 1:08 seconds to 28.8 seconds in the offensive round. Booker’s key attack was blocked by Westbrook. The cap ends.
In the end, the Clippers beat the Suns 115-110 to win the series for the first time.