Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul delivered one of his best playoff performances ever to lead his team to a win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 6. Paul scored his playoff career-high of 41 points and dished out eight assists to lead the Suns to a 130-103 win over the Clippers.
"I just kept thinking, if we do what we're supposed to do, I get the last laugh," Paul said afterwards. "So you stay the course long enough, you break 'em, and that's what we did." Paul earned a praise from his head coach afterward.
"There were questions about his production before tonight, and in my heart I felt like it was a matter of time," Suns coach Monty Williams said of Paul afterwards. "I didn't know it was going to be like that, but that's who Chris is.
He was tired and he was still making those kinds of plays -- getting to the basket, the threes, orchestrating everything."
Paul missed the start of the series versus the Clippers
"Hell, man, I experienced COVID.
Just a week ago, I was here [in L.A. while quarantining] at home. Couldn't be there with my teammates," Paul said. "It's been a lot and I want it not just for myself but for everybody in that locker room."
Devin Booker also had a good performance for the Suns as he scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. "I think he thought when we played against each other the first time that it was going to be a love, but, no, I started talking s--- to him right away," Booker said when asked about his first memories of playing with Paul.
"It's just, those type of competitors, the players that you like, I don't like playing against that guy but I love him on my team." The Suns reached their first NBA Finals since 1994. "You never know if you're going to be in these positions and you watch guys get there three, four, five times," said Williams, who said he broke down crying a few hours before tipoff after longtime assistant Randy Ayers shared his thoughts about him.
"Some people get there more than that, and you're like, 'Man, I worked my tail off.' Then you just realize it's a blessing, because everybody works at it. So if you get a chance to be a part of it, you realize you've been unbelievably blessed."