On the Sunday table of the NBA playoff games were the matchups No. 2 vs. No. 3 in each respective conference. While the Phoenix Suns took care of business, the Brooklyn Nets stood out for the second game in a row and further ruined their previous 2-0 lead.
We’ve broken down Sunday’s two games here.
No. 2 nets 96, No. 3 trestles 107
Series tied 2-2
The only thing that could stop the talented Brooklyn Nets in the postseason was injuries. After losing James Harden at the start of the series, Kyrie Irving’s status is now in doubt after leaving Game 4 with an ankle injury. The Milwaukee Bucks took full advantage of their last two games against the Nets and tied the series after falling 2-0 last week.
Kevin Durant struggled out of the field (9-for-25) but still finished with a team high of 28 points. Irving, who only played 17 minutes, was the only other member of the Nets to score double digits. Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 34 points and 12 rebounds, while Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday combined scored 33 points and 17 assists for the win. With the series tied up, anything could happen if the Nets are seriously injured.
No. 2 Sonnen 125, No. 3 Nuggets 118
PHX wins series 4-0
Having made the playoffs for the first time in over a decade, the Phoenix Suns have now made it to the Western Conference Finals. After easily defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, they swept the Denver Nuggets in round two. Behind brilliant performances by Devin Booker and Chris Paul, the Suns made a statement to the rest of the NBA in a sweep on Sunday night.
Unfortunately for the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic was kicked off for a Flagrant 2 foul on Cameron Payne in the third quarter, leaving Denver without their league MVP in Game 4. Will Barton led the Nuggets with 25 points, while Michael Porter Jr. and Monte Morris scored 20 and 19 points, respectively. Booker and Paul together scored 71 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.