‘Moneys Worth’: Chris Paul, LaMelo Ball & Others React to Phoenix Suns’ Thrilling Win Over Clippers in Game 2

Published 06/23/2021, 12:34 AM EDT


The Phoenix Suns are doing all the justice to the “Suns In Four” t-shirts that fans purchased before coming to Game 2. They are now 2-0 against the Clippers after defeating them 104-103 in a nail-biting game. It’s beginning to appear as if they can impose yet another win if they keep things running in the same manner.

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Among the many heroes in the Suns’ victory, the one that stood out was De’Andre Ayton with his super clutch avatar. It was a neck-to-neck game just like Game 1 and the Suns again came on top of the Clippers. 

Twitter reacts after the fabulous win

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The Suns were one point ahead with less than 25 seconds remaining on the game clock. However, that changed with Paul George’s pullup jump shot and the Clips stayed in the lead until the very last second. But that’s when De’Andre Ayton tipped in Jae Crowder’s inbound pass and converted a game-winning alley-oop dunk. 

Such a crazy show of clutch caliber and keeping hopes alive was obvious to attract big reactions. Take a look at the reactions from the likes of Chris Paul, LaMelo Ball, and others:

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What went wrong for the Clippers and right for the Phoenix Suns?

To begin with, Paul George missed all of his seven initial three-point attempts and awarded some transition to the Suns. Although he still ended up scoring 26 points, Playoff P was certainly struggling from the free throw line and also from the perimeter. Add a rusty Marcus Morris Sr. to the mix and the Clippers were digging their grave for themselves. If not for the 31 points from their bench, it was largely a Suns show.

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Jun 22, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton celebrates after a slam dunk against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half during game two of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

For the Suns, Devin Booker placing his faith in Dario Saric helped with the rotation. That was one reason Devin Booker’s slow start, his nose injury, and just 20 points didn’t stop the Suns from leading. Also, Cameron Payne was just phenomenal in filling the place for Chris Paul, scoring 29 points at 50% field shooting. 

Overall, it was a breathtaking show of grit from the Suns who came out with a win-or-die mindset. Whose performance impressed you the most? 

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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