The Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) have advanced to the Western Conference Finals after three seasons.
Denver 125-100 in the 2022-23 season NBA Western Conference Playoffs (PO) 2nd round (4 wins from 7 matches) 6th game away game against the Phoenix Suns held at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on the 12th (Korean time) won with
Denver, who ranked first in the West in the regular league, beat Phoenix in fourth place with a series record of 4 wins and 2 losses and advanced to the Western Conference Finals three years after the 2019-20 season. In the 2020-21 season PO round 2, he also avenged the humiliation of his 4-game defeat to Phoenix.
Nikola Jokic, who was consecutively selected as the regular league best player (MVP) in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, took the lead in winning by recording 32 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, recording his 11th triple-double in his personal career only in PO. Jamal Murray and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope contributed 26 points (four 3-point shots) and 21 points, respectively.
Denver challenges to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time as a club against the winner of the PO round 2 of the Los Angeles Lakers (3-2)-Golden State Warriors (2-3) in the Western Finals.
Denver scored 81 points in the first half alone, including 44 points in the first quarter and 37 points in the second quarter. It is the record for the most points scored in the first half of the team’s history. It was tight until the middle of the first quarter. However, in a 27-26 situation, Denver held Phoenix scoreless for about three minutes at the end of the first quarter, while Jokic, Caldwell-Pope, and Jeff Green (4 points) scored 17 points in a row, quickly widening the gap. Entering the second quarter, Murray made a big success, scoring 15 points alone, and ran away with a 32-point difference at the end of the quarter, virtually deciding the game.
Phoenix, who reached the NBA Finals in the 2020-21 season, drank a bitter cup in the second round of PO for the second consecutive season. In particular, Kevin Durant was recruited through a trade in February of this year, forming the ‘Big 3’ with the existing Chris Paul and Devin Booker to emerge as a candidate for the championship, but Paul had to commit to the next season due to a series of injuries to players. Field Marshal Paul has not been able to play since the 3rd game of the 2nd round of the PO, and Deandre Ayton has not been on the court that day.스포츠토토
Cameron Payne struggled with 31 points, including 7 3-pointers, but Durant (23 points) threw 19 3-pointers and made only 8, while Booker was sluggish with 12 points.
Meanwhile, in the 6th game of the 2nd round of PO of the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers 95-86 and revived. Boston, ranked 2nd in the regular season, matched the series record with 3rd place Philadelphia to 3 wins and 3 losses, leading the game to the 7th game.