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Nuggets lament injury-riddled season that came up short

Jun. 14, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets' season came to an ignominious end with Jamal Murray looking on from the bench and newly crowned league MVP Nikola Jokic watching from the locker room. The Phoenix Suns completed their second-round sweep with a 125-118 win Sunday night...

Analysis: Chris Paul, like it or not, is the favorite now

Jun. 14, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

It seems like Chris Paul relishes the notion of being the underdog. That’s why, when the Western Conference semifinals were over and the Phoenix Suns had swept their way into the NBA’s final four, he talked about how he felt written off a couple of seasons ago. Why he...

MVP Nikola Jokic ejected, Suns sweep Nuggets 125-118

Jun. 14, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Chris Paul couldn't miss. Devin Booker couldn't be stopped. The Phoenix Suns roared into the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 11 years Sunday night with a testy 125-118 victory over Denver that completed a four-game sweep. ...

Nuggets face daunting deficit; Jokic faces ignominious exit

Jun. 12, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

Four NHL teams have overcome 3-0 deficits in a best-of-seven playoff series, including the 1942 Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs. The Boston Red Sox pulled off MLB's only such comeback against the New York Yankees in 2004. The Denver Nuggets are the 143rd NBA team...

Suns spoil Nikola Jokic's MVP party, beat Nuggets 116-102

Jun. 12, 2021 01:51 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Deandre Ayton scrutinized the box score and couldn't believe his eyes as he read Nikola Jokic's stat line: 32 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists. “That’s insane. That’s the MVP,” Ayton said after the Phoenix Suns overcame the Joker's historic...

Chris Paul has another big night, Suns rout Nuggets 123-98

Jun. 10, 2021 02:23 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul is a 36-year-old man who can still put together an NBA point guard's version of a virtuoso performance: Fifteen assists, no turnovers and it led to another blowout playoff victory for his rolling Phoenix Suns. “I feel good,” Paul said. “I...

Nikola Jokic becomes lowest draft pick ever to win MVP award

Jun. 08, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic was selected with the 41st draft pick when he entered the NBA seven years ago. Now, by overwhelming consensus, he's No. 1. The Nuggets' big man was revealed Tuesday as the NBA's Most Valuable Player for 2020-21, making him...

Boosted by big crowds, Suns try to win again vs Nuggets

Jun. 08, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — It would have been an awesome play even when Phoenix Suns Arena was empty: Cameron Payne floated a pass to a streaking Torrey Craig, who soared through the air before grabbing the alley-oop and flushing a powerful dunk with two hands. But there was one...

Rejuvenated Paul leads Suns over Nuggets 122-105 in Game 1

Jun. 08, 2021 01:48 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In the opening minutes of Monday night's game, Chris Paul was bumped on his ailing right shoulder and grimaced for a second. His movements were a little tentative, his shots didn't look quite right. Then — seemingly almost out of nowhere — the...

New York's Tom Thibodeau picked as NBA's coach of the year

Jun. 07, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Thibodeau got the New York Knicks back to the playoffs, guiding the team to its second-best record in 20 years. And in the eyes of the voters, that coaching job was the best in the NBA. Thibodeau was revealed Monday as the...