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The Phoenix Suns will take a two games to none advantage on the road after handing the Denver Nuggets their largest loss of the season. Chris Paul was brilliant and the Suns showed yet again that why they have been the best defensive team in the playoffs this postseason.

All the attention was focused of Nikola Jokic who entered Game 2 newly crowned as the MVP of the NBA. It was the Suns who stole the show.

Nuggets shooting struggles continue in Game 2

The Nuggets kept it close in the first quarter, despite some dreadful shooting form downtown. After a 1-10 start from deep Denver were only down four in the first quarter.

Phoenix has depended on defense to get them to this point of the playoffs. They are the top defense in this year’s NBA playoffs, giving up less than 100 points a game.

Healthy Paul back to his best

Six different Suns player scored in double digits, with Devin Booker’s 18 leading the way. For a second straight game Phoenix has proved they don’t need their star scorer put up spectacular numbers to win.

Instead it was Chris Paul who was spectacular tonight, The future Hall of Famer had 17 points and dished out 15 assists, and proved once again that the shoulder injury he suffered in the first round is fully healed.

Paul has been nearly perfect through two games

Not only did CP3 dish out 15 assists, but he didn’t commit a single turnover in Game 2. Over the course of the opening two games in Phoenix Paul has 26 assists and one turnover.

Jokic got off to a quick start in the first quarter, with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, but fizzled over the next three quarters. He was left to carry the brunt of the load for Denver on the offensive end, and at one point late in the third quarter he had made eight field goals while the rest of his teammates only combined for nine.

The Serbian finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, but got little back up from his supporting cast. Paul Millsap and Michael Porter Jr. trailed the MVP with 11 points a piece.

Game 3 Friday night in Denver

The series now shifts to Denver, and the Nuggets have their backs against the wall going into game three. Tip off from Game 3 in Salt Lake City is set for Friday 10 PM ET.

Paul continues to climb the all time leading assists ladder.

Incredible stats from Chris Paul

Paul with a briliant display in Game 2

The Phoenix Suns will take a two games to none advantage on the road after handing the Denver Nuggets their largest loss of the season. Chris Paul was brilliant and the Suns showed yet again that why they have been the best defensive team in the playoffs this postseason.

All the attention was focused of Nikola Jokic who entered Game 2 newly crowned as the MVP of the NBA. It was the Suns who stole the show.

Nuggets shooting struggles continue in Game 2

The Nuggets kept it close in the first quarter, despite some dreadful shooting form downtown. After a 1-10 start from deep Denver were only down four in the first quarter.

Phoenix has depended on defense to get them to this point of the playoffs. They are the top defense in this year’s NBA playoffs, giving up less than 100 points a game.

Healthy Paul back to his best

Six different Suns player scored in double digits, with Devin Booker’s 18 leading the way. For a second straight game Phoenix has proved they don’t need their star scorer put up spectacular numbers to win.

Instead it was Chris Paul who was spectacular tonight, The future Hall of Famer had 17 points and dished out 15 assists, and proved once again that the shoulder injury he suffered in the first round is fully healed.

Paul has been nearly perfect through two games

Not only did CP3 dish out 15 assists, but he didn’t commit a single turnover in Game 2. Over the course of the opening two games in Phoenix Paul has 26 assists and one turnover.

Jokic got off to a quick start in the first quarter, with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, but fizzled over the next three quarters. He was left to carry the brunt of the load for Denver on the offensive end, and at one point late in the third quarter he had made eight field goals while the rest of his teammates only combined for nine.

The Serbian finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, but got little back up from his supporting cast. Paul Millsap and Michael Porter Jr. trailed the MVP with 11 points a piece.

Game 3 Friday night in Denver

The series now shifts to Denver, and the Nuggets have their backs against the wall going into game three. Tip off from Game 3 in Salt Lake City is set for Friday 10 PM ET.

98-123

It's all over from Phoenix. The Suns move to 2-0!

98-123

Nnaji gets a two pointer to go.

96-121

Kaminsky with a jam with under a minute to go.

96-119

Moore drops a three

96-116

Cancar with a deep two

94-116

Moore gets to the basket and hits the lay up

94-116

Carter with a five footer

94-114

Cancar gets a three bal to go

91-114

Kaminsky into the game and on the board with a three pointer

91-111

McGee off the glass with the jumper outside the lane.

89-111

Magee hits a free throw

87-111

Howard gets one of two free throws to go.

86-111

Moore to the rack gets the lay up to drop. Under 4 to go

86-109

Nnjai drops a three pointer from the far side.

83-109

Howard gets an easy lay up to go.

83-109

Both benches on the floor now with under 6 minutes.

81-109

Howard off the bench and hits a three.

78-109

Bridges with a the triple try this time, and Denver wants another timeout.

78-106

Johnson from the top of the key!!

78-102

7 minutes to go in the fourth

78-102

Three ball for Millsap out of the timeout

75-102

Paul wtih another three ball!!! Timeout Denver with 8:30 to go in the fourth

75-99

Green gets an easy dunk off the feed from Millsap

73-99

Paul sinks a three ball. 14 points and 15 assists.

73-96

Porter strokes the 3 from the top of the key

70-96

Craig gets the and 1 to go after the timeout

70-95

Craig in transition, gets the lay up to go and gets fouled. Timeout in Phoenix with under 10 to go in the fourth

70-93

Paul dancing on the perimiter, finds Craig on the cut to the bucket.

70-91

Porter to the line, hits two of two

68-91

Craig in the corner for three

68-88

Porter hits one of two free throws.

67-88

Paul starts the 4th off with a jumper

67-86

End of the third quarter in Phoenix, and the Suns are in command with 12 to go.

67-86

Millsap drops a second consecutive three

64-86

Payne nails a three in the far corner

64-83

Millsap from downtown

61-83

Craig taps in the Payne missed three

61-81

Jokic to the line, hits one of two.

60-81

Ayton gets under the basket, and finishes from short range

60-79

Jokic hits a jumper in the paint

58-79

Paul hits a FT after there was a technical in the Timeout

58-78

Bridges driving and dunking, Phoenix Suns Arena is bumping. Timeout Nuggets down by 20 with 3:30 to go in the 3rd quarter.

58-76

Booker drains a three from the top of the key

58-73

Jokic on the floater in the paint

56-73

5:00 in the third. Ayton with an easy lay up down low, Paul with another assist

56-71

Jokic with a short range jumper

54-71

Barton for three from the far side. Two in a row for Denver

51-71

Booker spinning to the bucket.

51-69

Morris out of the TO with a three ball

48-69

Paul gets the mid range jumper to go, and Denver needs a timeout. 19-6 run for Phoenix to start this third quarter.

48-67

Atyon with the offensive board and put back

48-65

Jokic to the line, drops both

46-65

Under 9 minutes to go in the 3rd

46-65

Bridges for three in the corner

46-62

Porter for three, finally sees it drop after a rough start from outside.

43-62

Ayton flying for the jam off the alley from Paul

43-60

Crowder with another three, six quick points out of the gate for Crowser. Timeout Denver

43-57

Rivers to the line, hits one of two

42-57

Ayton to the line, hits two of two.

42-55

Crowder sinks a three to start the third quarter

The NBA MVP putting the ball on the deck

Jokic leading the way

Book with the easiest basket he will have tonight

One of Paul's 7 first half assists.

42-52

Booker leads the Suns with 13 points and Paul as 6 points to go along with his 7 assists.

42-52

Jovic has 15,6 and 4 assist but isn't getting much help. Will Barton follows with 7 points off the bench.

42-52

The Nuggets are really struggling from downtown, shooting just 4-21 from three point range.

42-52

We are headed to halftime from Phoenix, with the Suns up by 10 after two quarter.

42-52

Bridges to the line gets both to go

42-50

Paul off the dribble gets the mid range jumper.

42-48

Jokic from the free throw line, gets the jumper to go.

40-48

Paul finds Ayton downlow

40-46

Jokic hits a three ball to cut the lead to 6

37-46

Bridges to the line hits two of two.

37-44

Tiimout from Phoenix, 2:05 to go in the first half.

37-44

Campazzo siliences the crowd with a three

34-44

Booker with the steal and slam!!

34-42

Booker fouled on the jump shot, gets it to go and hits the FT

34-39

Porter finally hits a FG after going 0/7

32-39

Payne gets the lay up to go over Gordon

32-37

Jokic of the pump fake and twirl.

30-37

Booker to the line after getting fouled on the drive, hits 2 of 2

30-35

Gordon strong move on the baseline gets to the iron

28-35

Rivers out of the timeout hits three from the far side.

25-35

Saric drains the three off the Paul pass in transition. Phoenix Suns Arena is rocking. Timeout Nuggets with 8:30 to go in the second quarter.

25-32

CP3 gets to the line and hits two of two

25-30

Barton with a baseline jumper off the turnaround

23-30

Paul no look pass to Saric, who finishes with the slam!!!

23-28

Millsap on the reverse lay up on the baseline

21-28

Johnson starts the second with a three on the near side

21-25

End of the first quarter from Phoenix, Suns leading by three

21-25

Barton from downtown, 5 quick points off the bench.

21-22

8 points 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Jokic in the first quarter as he heads to the bench.

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Barton on the slam, another Jokic feed

16-22

Payne on the lay up

16-20

Green slams off the Jokic feed

14-20

Booker drops his second three from the top of the key again

14-17

Jokic on the tap in off the Porter missed three. Timeout Suns in Arizona. 4 minutes to go in the first.

12-17

Ayton spinning in the lane and gets the bucket under the basket

12-15

Gordon in transition finishes with a baseline dunk.

10-15

Bridges off the feed from Paul finishes at the basket.

10-13

Rivers slithering in the lane hits the short range effort.

8-13

Ayton to the line out of the timeout hits one of two.

8-12

Bridges falling out of bounds gets the mid range jumper to go off the glass. Timeout from Phoenix with 6:30 to go in the first.

8-10

Jokiic fouled by Ayton who picks up his second. That a big foul for Phoenix. Jokic knocks down both FTs.

6-10

Gordon flushing a dunk off the Jokic assist

4-10

Paul of the dribble in the paint

4-8

Jokic follows his own miss and gets the short jumper to go in the lane

2-8

Booker from the top of the key

2-5

Crowder on the catch and shoot in the corner, he's got the first 5 points for the Suns

2-2

Crowder on the floater in the lane

2-0

Jokic gets the scoring started with a mid range jumper.

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We are underway  in Game 2 from Phoenix

The Suns are 6.5 point favorites coming into tonight, and the Over/Under is set at 224.5 according to Bet365.com

The Suns got off to a cold start in the the first quarter of last game. Mitchell said he felt nausious and light headed in the first quarter. Let's see how Phoenix comes off the block tonight.

The Suns starting five is being announced to a jam packed Phoneix Suns Arena.

The National Anthem has been sung, and we are almost ready for tip from Phoenix Suns Arena.

Phoenix's five for tongiht's Game 2

The MVP leading the Nuggets starting five in Game 2

The Nuggets Will Barton is expected to return after missing Game 1 with a hamsting injury

"I'm happy everybody's getting to see this on the national stage," said Chris Paul after the Game 1 win.

Chris Paul's right shoulder looks as good as ever. He seems to have recovered fully from the injury he suffered in Game 1 of the Lakers series.

The home side coming in flashing the fits

Drip dropping in Phoenix tonight.

The league MVP is in the house

Jokic averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.3 assists during the regular season. The league’s MVP is averaging 25, 13 and 8 in the playoffs

Phoenix had a 59-33 second quarter in the opener of Game 1.

The Suns are making up for lost time after not having missed the last 11 postsasons, they are looking like one of the strongest sides remaining in the Playoffs.

Nikola Jokic will be playing his first game since being crowned the the NBA MVP

We are about 40 minutes away from tip off in Game 2 from Phoenix

Hello everyone and welcome to Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets. AS English will have all the live coverage, updates, stats, and highlights from the Phoenix Suns Arena.

Second half surge lifts Suns to Game 1 win

The Suns took Game 1 in Arizona after a sensational second half pushed them to a 122-105 win. There were four Phoenix players that scored 20 points or more. Mikal Bridges led the way with 23 points on Monday night. Devin Booker had 21, and the Suns once again proved Booker is capable of sharing the spotlight in route to victory.

Jokic named MVP of the NBA

Newly named MVP Nikola Jokic had 22 and 9 rebounds to lead the Nuggets, but didn’t get much support on the offensive end. Aaron Gordon had 18 points and 4 boards.

The Nets ended the regular season with the second best record in the league going 51-21. After an 11 year absence they are making a stronger case as actual title contenders with every win. After taking down the Lakers in the first round, they have a chance to take a commanding lead in the series tonight.

Game 2 tips off tonight at 9:30 PM ET

Nikola Jokic will surely have something to say about that, after becoming just the third European to win the NBA MVP. The Serbian just missed out on averaging a triple double for the campaign at 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 8.3 assists. The league’s MVP is averaging 25, 13 and 8 in the playoffs, but will need some help from his supporting cast.

Riding the MVP wave, Jokic and the Nuggets have a chance to head back to Denver having stripped Phoenix of home court advantage. Tip off is at 9:30 PM ET/ 6:30 PM PT.

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