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Tune-In Tidbits: Western Conference Finals, Game 6

Tune-In Tidbits: Western Conference Finals, Game 6

The Clippers’ lineup of Nicolas Batum, Patrick Beverley, Paul George, Marcus Morris Sr. and Reggie Jackson outscored the Suns by 18 points in 13 minutes on court together in Game 5.

Game 6: Suns at Clippers

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• Paul George had a historic performance (, 15-20 FG, 3-6 3-point FG, 8-8 FT) in LA’s Game 5 win, becoming the first player in NBA history to record 40+ points on in a playoff game. He scored nearly half (48.8%) of those points in the paint, including (an extremely efficient drive ratio). For reference, George typically only scores with . De’Aaron Fox, who led the league in points off of drives during the regular season, only averaged and Trae Young typically scores 10.5 ppg off of 20.1 drives.

• George, who has logged in this year’s playoffs, has scored at least he’s played in this postseason. The only other players in NBA history to score at least 20 in their first 18 games of a single playoffs are Michael Jordan (, , ), Kobe Bryant () and Kevin Durant (, ). Each of those players went on to make The Finals that same postseason.

• Clippers coach Tyronn Lue — who improved to 10-2 in elimination games with LA’s Game 5 win — has been praised throughout the postseason for his game-to-game and in-game adjustments. The has been the Clippers’ best quarter in this series as LA has in the first five games after the halftime break. The Clippers are now 10-2 in Games 3-7 in the playoffs this season, compared to 0-6 in Games 1-2.

Stats Games 1-2 Games 3-7
W-L 0-6 10-2
+/- -32 136
PPG 110.2 113.0
RPG 39.2 42.9
SPG 5.3 7.7
FG% 46.2% 49.0%
3P% 37.2% 39.2%
OPP PPG 115.5 101.7
OPP FG% 51.4 42.6
OPP 3P% 41.9 36.6

• The Suns get a second chance to close out the series and advance to The Finals for the first time since 1993. With he Game 5 loss, the Suns are now 2-1 in close-out games this postseason, with on 50.7%-58.3%-90.3% shooting splits, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 43.7 minutes per game. Booker’s 112 total points through three close-out games is the sixth-most ever by a player through the first three close-out chances in a single postseason, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The only players with more points than Booker are Jordan (4x, most recently in 1992) as well as Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor (both in 1962).

• In Game 5, the Clippers got 60 combined points from Reggie Jackson (23), Marcus Morris Sr. (22) and DeMarcus Cousins (15). Jackson has been a to George in this series without Kawhi Leonard. Morris, who has been limited due to a sore knee, had scored of the series. Cousins had scored in the series before going for 15 points in 11 minutes in Game 5 with Ivica Zubac out. Morris was also the primary defender on Deandre Ayton for a team-high 5:04 (43.7% of Ayton’s matchup time) and held Ayton to four points. Ayton finished with 10 points (his ) and 11 rebounds (half of his total from a dominant Game 4). The Suns entered Game 5 with a (winning by an average of 14.5 ppg); the Clippers outscored the Suns 58-32 in the paint in Game 5.

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FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament recap: June 30

FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament recap: June 30

Group B – Kaunas, Lithuania:

Game Summary

Slovenia rolled over Angola in their first game of the Olympic qualifying tournament, beating the African nation by 50 points. With the win, Slovenia have already advanced to the next round of the tournament as they try to become the one team that advances out of Lithuania. The rout started early with Slovenia going up 13-0 to start the game and it did not let up as eight players ended up in double figures for Slovenia.

NBA Player Performances

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic was one of two NBA players to take part in the game and he was able to dominate proceedings during the little time he was on the floor. Doncic had 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting along with nine assists and six rebounds. Denver Nuggets forward Vlatko Cancar poured in 13 points of his own, hitting four of his seven shots.

Luka Doncic records 13 points and 9 assists vs. Angola

Luka Doncic helps Slovenia roll over Angola

Group A – Split, Croatia:

Game Summary

After a loss to Germany on Tuesday, Mexico earned a spot in the semifinals on Wednesday, beating Russia 72-64. Mexico fell behind 36-31 at halftime but made a strong push in the third quarter, outscoring Russia 19-7 in the period. Francisco Cruz led the way for Mexico, putting up 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Group A – Kaunas, Lithuania:

Game Summary

Venezuela advanced to the semifinals of the Kaunas Olympic qualifying tournament on Wednesday, beating South Korea 94-80. Venezuela took a commanding lead in the first two quarters, scoring an impressive 56 points in the first half. The South American nation did most of their damage from the three-point line, as they hit 14 of 30 shots from behind the arc.

Group B – Split, Croatia:

Game Summary

Brazil pulled off an upset on Wednesday in Split, beating Croatia handily 94-67. Brazil led wire-to-wire as they advanced out of Group B and into the semifinals. They managed to get the win despite Croatia playing the game at home and Brazil head coach Aleksandar Petrovic coaching against his home country. Rafael Hettsheimeir led the way for the Brazilians, scoring 20 points as Brazil shot the lights out at 58%.

NBA Player Performances

Bojan Bogdanovic led the way for Croatia, scoring 16 points in front of his home fans. The Utah Jazz sharpshooter will hope to lead his team to the next round with a victory over Tunisia on Thursday.

Bojan Bogdanovic scores 16 vs. Brazil in loss

Bogdanovic drops 16 on Brazil in losing effort

Group A – Belgrade, Serbia:

Game Summary

Philippines nearly pulled off a historic upset on Wednesday, coming close to defeating a Serbia side that was playing at home in Belgrade. The game was tight throughout with Serbia pulling away late thanks to some clutch baskets from Boban Marjanovic. Serbia booked their place in the semifinals with the win, where they will face the loser of Thursday’s Italy-Puerto Rico game.

NBA Player Performances

Marjanovic was the star for Serbia, dropping 25 points and 10 rebounds on the island nation. He shot 12-for-18 from the field in the win as he proved to be too tough of a matchup for Philippines. Miami Heat forward Nemanja Bjelica did not play for Serbia.

Boban Marjanovic scores 25 vs. Philippines

Boban Marjanovic leads the way in Serbia victory over Philippines

Group A – Belgrade, Serbia:

Game Summary

Canada dominated from start to finish, jumping out to a 13-point halftime lead that grew to 23 points after a third-quarter surge. Seven players scored in double figures, led by Andrew Wiggins’ 20-point performance. With the win, Canada advanced to the tournament semifinals.

NBA Player Performances

Wiggins paced Canada with 20 points, RJ Barrett added 16 points and 5 assists, Dwight Powell finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Luguentz Dort and Trey Lyles scored 11 points each.

Group B – Victoria, Canada:

Game Summary

Turkey used a 9-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away and secure a trip to the tournament semifinals. Philadelphia 76ers guard Furkan Korkmaz powered Turkey with a game-high 20 points.

NBA Player Performances

Furkan Korkmaz hit four 3-pointers en route to his 20-point game. Tomas Satoransky finished with 15 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the Czech Republic. Cedi Osman finished with 11 points and 6 assists for Turkey.