WATCH: Clippers’ Patrick Beverley Crosses Up Chris Paul and Completes a Sizzling Layup

Published 06/30/2021, 10:22 PM EDT
Jun 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) in the second half of game four of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Phoenix Suns registered a decent opening to their game 6 against the Clippers. Within the first four minutes, all of their starting five had scored points. On the opponents’ end, it was Patrick Beverley taking the early charge, as the Clips fought to stay in the series.

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Early in the game, Chris Paul registered back-to-back threes, but he still struggled to capture the ground against Pat. The 32-YO was everywhere on the court and impacted from both ends.

Patrick Beverley does the heavy lifting for the Clippers

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Coming into the game, Paul George was the first in the playing minutes and the points scored in the postseason 2021. But just as he struggled from behind the arc, his guard Patrick Beverley became the Kawhi Leonard as he was supposed to.

Pat had been really effective in guarding Chris Paul throughout the series. But here in Game 6, he pulled an amazing offensive move on CP3 and kept him guessing with his ball-handling while leading a huge layup. Take a close look –

This play was in sync with how Beverley mocked the Suns’ vet point guard earlier in the series. The star guard had 11 points in his first 16 minutes of play at 57.1% field shooting along with a steal and a block.

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Where did the Phoenix Suns stay ahead of the competition?

Coach Monty Williams had a different approach to tonight’s game. He introduced Torrey Craig above Abdel Nader and kept DeAndre Ayton in check of a lethal DeMarcus Cousins. Yet, Boogie completed a buzzer-beating three in Q1 and helped the Clips early.

Later in Q2, Dario Saric came off like fire from downtown and buried two quick daggers. The Suns were an improved side as far as their long-range went tonight. They were 10/17 in the first 24 minutes against the Clips’ 7/21.

However, the Clippers weren’t very far from catching up as they had both Reggie Jackson and Mr. 94 feet playing at their optimal best.

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Reggie has been a phenomenal catch-and-shoot force for the Clippers throughout the postseason. With the Suns in the lead, it was important for him to find more helping hands to bring the Clips their first lead.

By halftime, the Suns led the charge 66-57 against the Clippers. Whom are you supporting tonight? Help us know in the comments.

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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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