The Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), led by center Nicola Jokic, advanced to the Western Finals after three years.
Denver scored 125-100 in the 2022-2023 NBA Western Conference Playoffs (PO) 2nd round (4 wins out of 7) away game 6 against the Phoenix Suns held on the 12th (Korean time) at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. won a major victory
Denver, who ranked first in the regular league, defeated Phoenix in fourth place with a series record of 4 wins and 2 losses and advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in three years since 2020.
In the 2nd round of PO in 2021, he paid back the pain of losing 4 matches to Phoenix.
Denver faces the winner between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles (LA) Lakers in the conference finals, aiming to advance to the team’s first championship match.
In the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers lead with 3 wins and 2 losses until Game 5.
Denver Nuggets’ Nicola Jokic
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Jokichi, a center center who was selected as the MVP of the regular season for the past two seasons, recorded 32 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, recording his 11th triple-double in his personal career only in the playoffs.
Denver scored 44 points in the first quarter and 37 points in the second quarter, scoring 81 points in the first half alone. This is the record for the most points scored in the first half of the PO in team history.
In the meantime, Phoenix only scored 51 points, and the score of both teams widened by 30 points, virtually tilting the game.
Jeomameori, who formed a one-two punch with Yokichi, scored 26 points including 3 points and 4 shots, and Kentavius Caldwell Pope scored 21 points, flying wildly.
Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns sits on the bench
Meanwhile, Phoenix ended this season with this game.
Phoenix, which advanced to the 2021 championship match, was yoke of being eliminated in the second round of PO for the second year in a row following last year.
In a trade in February, Kevin Durant was ambitiously recruited to form a strong ‘Big 3’ with the existing Chris Paul and Devin Booker, but the next season was promised.
Durant scored 23 points but made just eight of 19 shots while Booker fell short of expectations with 12 points.
Injuries to key players were also painful.
‘Field Marshal’ Paul suffered a left groin injury and Deandre Ayton missed the previous match with a left rib injury.
Cameron Payne struggled with 31 points, including 7 3s, but could not prevent the team from being eliminated from the series.
Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics shoots
The Boston Celtics of the Eastern Conference revived by defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 95-86 on the road.
Boston, second in the regular league, matched the series record with third-place Philadelphia at 3-3, leading the series to Game 7.
Going into the 4th quarter with a narrow 71-73 trail, Boston managed to turn around thanks to Jayson Tatum’s 3-point show.
Tatum scored 3 points with 4 minutes left in the end to turn the game around 84-83, widening the score to 3 points in a row.
The 3 points fired 37 seconds before the end was the wedge that completely split the game.안전놀이터
Boston’s Marcus Smart played a big role with 22 points and 7 assists.
Tatum, who recorded 19 points and 9 rebounds, played a decisive role by concentrating all 3 points and 4 shots that day in the 4th quarter.
Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxie each scored 26 points, but the team did not win.
Game 7 between the two teams will take place at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.