Chris Paul doesn’t shoot to miss.
Making NBA postseason history, Paul was a perfect 14-of-14 in Phoenix’s series-ending 115-109 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 6. The 36-year-old point guard finished the game with 33 points, eight assists, five rebounds and just three turnovers in close to 36 minutes of action. Paul also hit all four of his free-throws and swished home his lone three-point attempt.
No player in NBA history has ever made 13-plus shot in a playoff game without a miss. Only Wilt Chamberlain has made more shots without a miss, but both of his perfect performances—18-of-18 and 16-of-16—were in the regular season.
The previous NBA playoff record for most makes without a miss was held by former Nuggets, Wizards and Rockets big man Nene, who once went 12-of-12 in a postseason game.
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Paul’s flawless shooting performance came at the perfect time for the Suns especially since, Devin Booker struggled for most of the night in his first game back after missing three and a half games with a hamstring injury.
With Booker struggling, Paul stepped up in a big way, hitting midrange shot after midrange shot and using his amazing playmaking skills to make sure Phoenix came away with the victory and close out the Pelicans in six games.
Chris Paul’s shot chart. 14-14. Is this art? @artdecider pic.twitter.com/ldwgjvn1po
— J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) April 29, 2022
The Suns needed Paul’s clutch play to get the win as Pelicans kept things close for the majority of the game and even led by 10 points at the half.
But in the third, Paul took over. He scored 13 of his 33 points in the quarter, putting on a master class of midrange shooting. With Paul leading them, Phoenix stormed back and the game became a see-saw battle as no team had a lead bigger than three points until the final seconds of the fourth.
That’s when Paul really iced the Pelicans, hitting a 10-foot pull up in the lane with just 28 seconds left.
It was a simply sensational performance from Paul, reminding the basketball world that while he may be 36 years old, he is still the Point God.