The Denver Nuggets, fuelled by 34 points from Jamal Murray, dominated Kevin Durant and the Phoenix Suns 125-107 in game one of their NBA Western Conference semi-final series on Sunday AEST.
Denver’s two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic scored 24 points and grabbed 19 rebounds as six Nuggets players scored in double-digits to give the top seeds a convincing victory against the potentially explosive Suns.
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Jokic had even gone so far as to say the Suns could be considered favourites in the series, and Phoenix looked dangerous as they connected on 66.7 per cent of their shots from the field in a nip-and-tuck first quarter that featured 14 lead changes.
They led by one heading into the second period, but the Nuggets inexorably…