The Phoenix Suns had a comfortable 11-point lead three minutes before the end game versus the Denver Nuggets but Chris Paul didn't let his teammates get too much comfortable. The Suns beat the Nuggets 125-118 in Game 4 to close out the series with a sweep.
"You just try to stay in the moment," Paul said. "My teammates will tell you, there was 18 seconds on the clock and I was still on they ass. That's just the way I am." The Suns absolutely dominated the Nuggets to make the Western Conference Finals.
"The emotions are happy, grateful, tired, relieved," Suns coach Monty Williams said. "It's one of those moments for me that, quite frankly, I never thought I'd have a chance to experience. For me I just have a level of gratitude that I can't even explain."
Paul and Co. dominated the Nuggets
"We were hyped, man," Suns guard Devin Booker said of the postgame atmosphere. "Chris was saying before the game he'd never swept somebody, he had never beat somebody 4-0.
I don't know when the last time the Suns have been to the Western Conference finals, but tonight is one of the nights we celebrate in-house and then wake up tomorrow, we're on to either the Clippers or Utah."
Paul had a lot to process after the game. "A lot of things, I haven't had a lot of time to process it yet," Paul said. "But I'm going to get on the bus, and first and foremost call my kids." Paul is hoping to win his first NBA title this postseason.
"A couple years ago, they were writing me off. 'You can't do this.' This ain't about me, it's about us," Paul said on the court postgame. "Shows what you can do when you come together as a team.
We've got a great team over there and it's a lot of fun to be a part of it." Suns coach Williams lost his wife in 2016. "The darkest moment of my life, Chris was right there," Williams said. "One of the highlights of my career, he's right there."
Said Paul: "It's emotional. Mont has been through things in his life a lot of people don't necessarily come back from." Suns guard Booker has been absolutely phenomenal this postseason. "It's a feeling that's kind of hard to put into words," Booker said.
"You always reflect after a game like this after you close a series out, you sit back and reflect a little bit and think about it. What we've been through as an organization and as a team."