Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul Leaves a Chicago Bulls Legend Behind in a Crazy NBA Playoffs Record

Published 07/11/2021, 10:33 PM EDT
Jul 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) moves the ball against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the first half in game one of the 2021NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Bucks, even with the bolstering crowd support, started Game 3 more or less like the first two games. They somehow allowed most Phoenix Suns possessions to end up in open looks, and that hurt their scoreline. However, that was their story only until the first 15 minutes. Because beyond that mark, it was the ultimate ‘fear the deer’ show like none other. 

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For the Suns, the story was a little bleak with a struggling Devin Booker and the team’s poor show from the three-point line. But even with all the shortcomings, it was Chris Paul who crossed a milestone that might not matter to him today, but it’s still amazing.

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Chris Paul leaves Scottie Pippen behind with a major climb

CP3 had a slow start with just 6 points in Q1 and 4 in Q2 along with a missed buzzer-beater before halftime. Nevertheless, his playmaking stood tall to his standards as he got nine assists by the end of the third quarter. With that, the star point guard touched 1049 career playoff assists and left Scottie Pippen behind him. 

Now, with at least two more games remaining in the NBA Finals 2021, Chris Paul can easily accumulate 12+ assists and leave both Steve Nash and Larry Bird behind too. By the end of his career, one can expect him to be in the Top 4, if not better.

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The Phoenix Suns took the sheen off that achievement of CP3

Although a Jrue Holiday on the ‘Point God’ Chris Paul did not help much, it was enough to keep the veteran from unleashing terror. The 36-YO missed three of his long-range attempts (1/4) and turned over four times. With Devin Book getting pathetic returns from his perimeter play, the Suns knew it early that they were in trouble.

But it must be the Bucks deserving all the credit. With celebrity names like Chance the Rapper, David Bakhtiari, and Gucci Mane supporting from the stands, the home-team took off. Thanks to a massive second quarter, they closed the first half with a convincing 15-point lead and stretched it in Q3.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo was a stunner with yet another 40+ night and also a free throw steadiness. As the Bucks marched towards a blowout victory, it was a frustrated Chris Paul knowing that the trophy was still far. 

Were you supporting CP3 or Giannis? Help us know in the comments below.

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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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