Via nba.com Staff
Suns guard scores 33 points on a perfect 14-14 FGs to lead Phoenix to a series-clinching victory over the Pelicans in Game 6 of their first-round matchup.
Suns point guard Chris Paul turned in one of the finest performances of an illustrious career on Thursday, setting an NBA Playoffs record while helping the Suns close out the Pelicans in their first-round series.
Just eight days shy of his 37th birthday, in a season highlighted by being named a member of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team, in a city where his 17-year career began amid the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, Chris Paul shot a perfect 14-for-14 from the floor, amassing 33 points, five rebounds and eight assists. He connected on his lone 3-point attempt and additionally nailed all four of his free throws.
“This city raised me, man,” Paul said after the game.
The Suns needed every one of the 14 makes to turn back a feisty challenge by the Pelicans, who ultimately lost on their home floor, 115-109, as Phoenix won the series, 4-2.
For the season, Paul averaged 14.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, a league-high 10.8 assists and 1.9 steals against only 2.4 turnovers across 65 games. He shot 49.3% from the field, including 31.7% from long range.