Fans of top-flight point guarding rejoiced in Chris Paul’s comeback on Thursday. Memphis is confirmed as a playoff participant. The NBA on Friday morning.
The mastermind of the Suns is back: of that Reed congratulates Chris Paul (right).
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Chris Paul had been absent for a few weeks with a broken thumb. Meanwhile, his Phoenix Suns continued to circle undeterred at the top of the Western Conference. Now “CP3” is back and showed his skills again with a 140:130 over the Denver Nuggets. While his congenial partner Devin Booker collected a whopping 49 points, Paul got another double-double in his career with 17 points and 13 assists.
With their 60th win of the season, Phoenix can no longer be intercepted in the Western Conference. The sporting fate of the Nuggets around league MVP Nikola Jokic (28 points) is still uncertain, the team from Colorado is still on the border between safe play-off participation and play-in qualification in the west.
Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies secured the play-off ticket with a 133:103 at the Indiana Pacers. The team again had to do without young star Ja Morant, who will probably only be available again shortly before the play-offs due to knee problems. With 12 hits in 15 attempts and a total of 30 points, Desmond Bane ensured that the Grizzlies didn’t miss a beat.
Bucks win without Giannis and Middleton
In the Eastern Conference, defending champions Milwaukee Bucks closed the gap to leaders Miami Heat even without the unused stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. The Bucks won 114-102 against the Washington Wizards and are only slightly behind the Heat, who did not play on Thursday. Jrue Holiday (24, ten assists) took the lead at the champions.
The Chicago Bulls, meanwhile, lost 109-126 at the New Orleans Pelicans and came under further pressure given their continued downward trend in the table.