Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul delivered a big performance on Wednesday night to help his team beat the Nuggets 123-98 and take a 2-0 lead. For the first time in seven years, a player finished the game with at least 15 assists and zero turnovers -- and that player was Paul.
"Guys are open. I got the easy part. All I got to do is find them," said Paul, who had 17 points. "They got to make the shots. It's a credit to our coaching staff to tell you the truth. Things we've drilled all season long, it's nice to see it come into play in game form, especially in the playoffs." Suns star guard Devin Booker acknowledged the greatness of Paul after the game.
"Obviously 15 assists, zero turnovers is unheard of," Booker said, "but for Chris Paul, it's a thing that he does, and makes it look normal."
Paul made a great job of finding his teammates
Six Suns players -- including all five starters -- finished the game in double figures.
"I'm telling you man, I've never been on a team quite like this where everybody can shoot it the way that they do," Paul said. "You don't have to try to find a certain guy." Suns head coach Williams also showed his respect for Paul.
"I would never doubt Chris," Suns head coach Williams said. "His ability to manage the team, his track record, has success all over it and everywhere he's been he's been successful. He works his tail off, and yeah, he's 36 years old, but he's doing a lot of stuff off the floor so he can be effective on the floor." Paul added: "We're cool.
We're cool. We've got a great locker room, guys that understand the moment. A guy like Jae Crowder, who's been to the Finals. I've played a lot too. I'm always talking about 2007-08, we played against the Spurs when I was in New Orleans and we won the first two games, beat the brakes off of 'em.
I remember looking over there at Tim [Duncan] and all them and they weren't fazed. It was just one game. That's what we talk about as a team too. It's just one game." Meanwhile, Nuggets head coach Mike Malone said his team "quit" in Game 2.
"I felt we quit tonight, which is something you never want to see," Malone said. "So I guess for Game 3, I'm just going to try to find guys that will at least go out there and leave it all on the line. I may have a hard time coming up with five guys that fill that, but these two games, these second halves have really been disappointing, and that's an understatement."