NBA Playoffs: The Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns advance, while the Atlanta Hawks keep the series alive.
The Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns have both advanced to the Western Conference semi-finals.
The Nuggets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-109, while the Suns defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 136-130 to complete a 4-1 series sweep.
The Nuggets and Suns will now play for a conference finals spot, with the first game taking place in Denver on Saturday.
The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Boston Celtics 119-117 in the Eastern Conference to keep their series alive.
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Nikola Jokic, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, inspired the Nuggets once again, scoring 28 points, 17 rebounds, and 12 assists.
The Western Conference’s top seeds advanced to the semi-finals for the fourth time in five seasons, thanks to Jamal Murray’s 35 points.
Devin Booker led the way with 47 points for the Suns, who rebounded from an opening-game loss to the Clippers to win four straight.
The Clippers trailed by 10 points at the start of the second half, but Booker scored 25 of his points in the third quarter to help the Suns overcome that deficit and advance.
“Those guys don’t stop fighting,” Booker remarked later of the Clippers.
“That’s the story of the entire series.” We knew they were going to bring it even though they were down men.”
In Boston, Trae Young hit a three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to seal the Hawks’ thrilling victory and keep their series against the Celtics alive.
After controlling much of the second half, the Celtics appeared to be on their way to victory, leading by 13 points halfway through the fourth quarter before the Hawks rallied late.
Young ended with 38 points, 13 assists, and four rebounds to help the Hawks force a game six on Thursday in Atlanta, where Boston leads the series 3-2.
“We were tough-minded,” Hawks head coach Quin Snyder stated. “It’s difficult to be down for the entire game.” We were hanging in there, hanging in there, hanging in there. We simply did not surrender.”