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Suns defeat Clippers in Game 6 and advance to the NBA Finals with a brilliant final performance from Chris Paul

LOS ANGELES – After beating the Los Angeles Clippers 130-103 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday at the Staples Center, the Phoenix Suns reached their first NBA final since 1993.

After their last appearance in the playoffs in 2010, the Suns emerged as contenders for the championship for a number of reasons.

Sun’s guard Chris Paul scored 41 points on 16-of-24 shooting and eight assists in his fourth game after spending eight days on NBA health and safety records. The Suns led with a 97-83 lead early in the fourth quarter after Paul scored eight unanswered points to level the Clippers’ previous 10-0 streak. He then scored six quick points to get the Clippers to take a time-out as they were 105-85 back, 9:39 minutes behind the race.

This type of game explains why the Suns acquired Paul of Oklahoma City Thunder. At 36, Paul agreed to Sun’s hopes of staying healthy, staying productive, and looking after the team’s young crew.

One of those players is Sun’s point guard Devin Booker, who had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists. After Booker was voted 13th in the 2016 draft, the Suns saw Booker dispel the idea that he was simply producing blank stats for a bad team. Booker finished Game 1 with a triple-double, playing with a chipped nose with and without a mask after taking points in Game 2 to treat it. The Suns believe Booker remains underrated considering he only made the All-Star game in the NBA. after Commissioner Adam Silver appointed him to replace the injured Zion Williamson.

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