LA Clippers vs Phoenix Suns
Date and Time: Saturday, July 3,2021 9AM
Venue: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix
Prediction: LA Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers live to play another day. Facing elimination for the third time this postseason in their next match, the Clippers showed that they weren’t ready for their season to end as they pulled out an impressive 116-102 win over the Phoenix Suns. With the win, the Clippers forced a Game 6, which will go down on their game night at Staples Center.
Paul George led the way for the Clippers as he poured in a playoff career-high 41 points, along with 13 rebounds and six assists. In the process, he became the first-ever Clipper with a 40/10/5 playoff performance. George has now scored at least 20 points in all 18 games he’s played in this postseason so far, and he became just the fourth player to open a postseason with a 20-plus-point streak that long. The other three players are Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
Paul also got some serious help from Marcus Morris, DeMarcus Cousins and Reggie Jackson. That trio combined for 60 points and 10 rebounds. On the other side of the floor, Devin Booker paced the Suns with 31 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Chris Paul also added 22 points and eight assists. Ultimately, though, their production wasn’t enough to end the series and clinch Phoenix’s first NBA Finals berth since 1993.
The game was an encouraging one for the Clippers, and a disappointing one for Phoenix, but neither team can dwell on it for long, as they’ll be back in action for Game 7.