Chris Paul scored a superb 14-of-14 goal to help the Phoenix Sons finish their opening round playoff series with a 115-109 Game 6 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
According to its ‘Point God’ manicure, it marked the first time in playoff history that a player fired 13 or more shots without a miss.
Paul also made four free throws to finish with 33 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
However, the 12-time All-Star was lucky not to find a clear foul in the fourth quarter for a brutal elbow on the chin of New Orleans guard Jose Alvarado. The incident was not remembered by the referees and despite Alvardo’s protests, the Pelicans were unable to call for a review after already using their coach’s challenge.
Paul spent the first six years of his illustrious career in New Orleans after coming fourth through the franchise – then Hornets – in 2005 and played his fifth season with current Pelicans head coach Willie Green.
“I’m passionate about every game here. [in New Orleans]He told the NBA on TNT: “Willie being my brother, with whom I talk about everything, we are not talking about this whole series seeing our son sitting at the baseline.
“It’s a good win for us, partly because he’s a coach here. We haven’t had that much energy for a long time and I’m glad we won. I always say that this city has raised me. It’s difficult. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either.
“I get attached to this team when I’m not playing against them, so it’s nice to beat them and go to the first round.”
After returning from a hamstring injury in Game 2 of the series, Sons shooting guard Devin Baker scored 13 points, five rebounds and three assists, while center Dendre Eaton had a bright night with 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
For the Pelicans, Brendon Ingram scored the team’s top 21 runs with 11 assists and five rebounds, with both CJ McCullum and Jonas Valencianos adding 16.
Elsewhere, the Dallas Mavericks kicked off their second round match-up of the Western Conference against the Sons after finishing their series with a 98-96 Game 6 win over Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.
Luka Donk and Jalan Bernson both scored 24 points for Mavericks, while Donovan Mitchell scored 23 for Jazz.
At the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers advanced to the semifinals of the conference with a comfortable 132-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Franchise star Joel Embed continued to play with a torn ligament in his right thumb, scoring 33 points and 10 assists, while side kicker James Harden added 22 points and 15 assists.