‘Scoring machine Durant’s big success’ Phoenix wins against Denver without Jokic

Phoenix defeated Denver. 

The Phoenix Suns won 100-93 against the Denver Nuggets in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season held at the Phoenix Footprint Center on the 1st (Korean time).

Phoenix, 4th in the West, increased the distance to 5th place Clippers to 1.5 games. Leading Denver was chased by second place Memphis by two games.

Phoenix scored 30 points based on the high efficiency that scoring machine Kevin Durant succeeded in 11 out of 15 field goals. It was a performance that completely wiped out the sluggishness of the previous game. Devin Booker supported the back with 27 points.

Denver struggled to the end without Nicola Jokic and Jamal Murray, but suffered a disappointing defeat. Aaron Gordon struggled with 26 points, but could not prevent defeat. 

Phoenix actively attacked Durant from the first quarter. Durant, who started with a free throw and a 3-point shot from the right 45 degrees, led Phoenix’s offense by scoring 12 points in the first quarter alone. Phoenix, with Booker and Chris Paul also helping, widened the gap with Deandre Ayton. The first quarter ended with Phoenix leading 32-20. 바카라사이트

Phoenix’s offense continued in the second quarter. Durant pounded Denver with a good shot feel, and Booker and Josh Okogi’s perimeter catches increased the scoring gap. Without Jokic, Denver was pushed back without finding any clue in the offense, and Phoenix, who did not miss the gap, finished the first half with 60-40.

At the beginning of the third quarter, Phoenix ran away with a 27-point lead as Booker, Okogi, and Ayton scored, starting with Durant’s jumper. It seemed that the match had definitely ended here.

However, Denver, like the West leader, did not back down easily. Denver, where Gordon provided an opportunity to turn the atmosphere around, quickly caught up with Bruce Brown and Christian Brown adding strength. Phoenix suffered stagnation in an offense that worked well and allowed pursuit, and after conceding points to opposing bench units, the third quarter ended 84-74.

Denver, who did not let go of the reins, caught up to 5 points with Gordon’s score with 5 minutes left at the end of the 4th quarter. Then, Phoenix calmly extinguished the fire with Durant calmly popping the crane jumper.

Afterwards, when Denver chased, Phoenix ran away, and Denver, who continued to hope, made a four-point lead with Bruce Brown’s goal with one minute left in the end.

But Denver’s chase ended there. In the ensuing attack, Phoenix fired a decisive 3-point shot that gave Okogi a chance to win. Denver’s next attack failed, and Phoenix took the victory after a lot of hard work.

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