28 years is a long time. That’s how long it has been since we last saw (1993) the Phoenix Suns in an NBA Finals. That drought has come to an end after the Suns defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 130-103 Wednesday night to win the Western Conference Finals 4-2.
Chris Paul led the way with 41 points, including 31 points in the second half — a career high for points scored in any half. Devin Booker added 22 points; Deandre Ayton had a 16 point 17 rebound double-double night; and Jae Crowder his six three pointers to give him 19 points for the game.
The Suns led by four points after the first quarter, then by nine at halftime — and eventually stretched it to a 14 point lead going into the fourth quarter before running a gassed Clippers team off of the floor, outscoring L.A. 33-20 in the final frame.
This is the second time this post season the Suns have closed out an L.A.-based team at the Staples Center — they knocked out the Lakers in the opening round in six games.
The Suns are Western Conference Champions for the first time since the Charles Barkley & Dan Majerle era and now await the Eastern Conference winner. The series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks is tied 2-2 with Game 5 set for Thursday night in Milwaukee. That series will need at least six games, ending no sooner than Saturday — which means the Suns will have a minimum of 3-4 days of rest before the NBA Finals begins.
All is good on Planet Orange. Rally the Valley!