Between two contenders for the title, we expected a close and stimulating game… But the Suns killed all suspense with an 11-0 from the start, well followed by Devin Booker (35 points) who managed to maintain this advantage throughout that time. . Undefeated after two games, the Clippers logically bit the dust at home on Sunday night (112-95). He weighed the victory snatched the day before against the Kings.
Despite a nice alley oop for either Paul George or Nicolas Batum, who hit an unlikely basket from midfield late in the first quarter, Los Angeles chased the score throughout the game, unable to slow down the machine that had come from Arizona. . It must be said that with their crossover rear drive, Paul George (4/11) and Reggie Jackson (0/5), the Clippers had little chance of making a “comeback” like last year when they had done it four times. from a 24-point deficit…
In the same way, coming off the bench, Kawhi Leonard did not perform miracles, with only 11 points and 6 rebounds, 2/6 shooting… It’s very simple, the Clippers never managed to go below 10 points difference, with a attempt in the third quarter, soon foiled by Booker and Cam Payne.
On a night in which Chris Paul joined the podium for all-time leading passers with 11,000 or more, the Suns were in firm control of the game with a well-distributed record. Eight Phoenix players finished between 7 and 13 points, including Deandre Ayton with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
— Devin Booker, scorching hot. With 13/21 shooting that included 5/9 from behind the arc, plus 4 assists to his credit, Devin Booker was the main architect of the Suns who have never fallen behind on the scoreboard. Taking control of the inning game, Phoenix was able to count on its All-Star shooting guard to power the scoreboard whenever the Clippers seemed capable of putting on a highlight. With an average of 30 points, plus 6 assists and 4 rebounds, D-Book is already in great shape at the beginning of the season!
— Chris Paul, the king of the pass. From the start of the match, CP3 sprang into action with the first caviar of the match from a Booker 3-pointer, then another in the following action from Ayton’s alley-oop. The latter simply represents his 11,000th career attendance, allowing him to join John Stockton and Jason Kidd above this rarely achieved milestone. Paul still has a margin over Stockton (15,806) but can aim to become second in history by catching Kidd (12,091). It will be next season at best.
✅ Devin Booker. 28, 33, 35… Devin Booker is off to a great start! The licensed scorer of the Suns managed a gala game last night with his direction from afar, his favorite game from mid-range but also several jokes in the circle. Booker has been able to vary his game to perfection, being unstoppable for a still soft Californian defense.
✅ john wall. The only good news of the afternoon for the Clippers. The veteran leader, and deputy, from Los Angeles has tried to remobilize his troops, so far in loose order. With 17 points and 4 assists in 21 minutes, Wall took every opportunity to get to the circle. But he was very lonely.
⛔ paul george. We could add his friend Reggie Jackson, who stayed in the game, but George had a bad night for the first time at home of the season. Blocked at 4/11 shooting, PG13 has certainly been productive in other areas of the game with 7 rebounds and 4 assists, but his -7 +/- attests to a performance within…
Los Angeles (2-1) : Doubleheader with the Thunder in Oklahoma City, Tuesday and then Thursday.
Phoenix (2-1) : First of a six-game home series, with Golden State hosting on Tuesday.
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