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Suns fall behind 2-0 in Western Conference Semifinals

May 1, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after he was fouled by Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15 in the first half during game two of the 2023 NBA playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

After a fourth-quarter collapse, the Suns now trail the Nuggets two games to zero in the Western Conference Semifinals.

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Unlike Game One, Phoenix stayed strong on defense, holding Denver to a season-low 40 points in the first half. The Nuggets had zero offensive rebounds going into the third quarter.

Unfortunately for the Suns, their offensive struggles continued throughout the entire game. It was then an 0-9 start to the fourth quarter that caused a massive collapse. 

The Suns scored only 14 points in the fourth quarter, an inexcusable performance in a game that seemed bound to be determined by the last minute of play.

As expected, fans across the valley were left in disbelief. After all, when the Suns traded for Kevin Durant, it was the defense that everybody was worried about.

Durant ended the game shooting 2-12 from beyond the arc. In total, the Suns shot a horrendous 16.7% from three, ultimately costing them the game.

The good news for Phoenix is that they will receive some much-needed rest with a four-day break before returning to action on Friday.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Footprint Center.


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