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Chris Paul Stars As Suns Rout Clippers to Reach NBA Finals
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Chris Paul erupted for 41 points to lead the Phoenix Suns into the NBA Finals on Wednesday with a series-clinching 130-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Suns squandered the opportunity to wrap up the Western Conference Finals at home on Monday and had rebounded at the Staples Center with an emphatic win, taking the best-of-seven series 4-2.
It is only the third NBA Finals appearance in franchise history for the Suns, and the team’s first since 1993. They failed to even reach the playoffs for 10 consecutive seasons before the 2020-2021 campaign.
Paul was the architect of the Suns’ win and an 11-time NBA All-Star who drew on all of his experience to get Phoenix over the line. The win finally gives Paul the chance to shed his tag as one of the greatest players in NBA history to never win a championship.
In 16 glittering seasons in the league, Paul has never reached the NBA Finals in a career littered with near-misses during spells with the New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns.
Suns coach Monty Williams saluted Paul’s winning mentality. “If you can learn anything from Chris Paul, it’s to keep going,” Williams said. “Don’t quit. Serve others. He cares about his teammates.”