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“We needed it. That team right there, they pushed us.” —  Chris Paul on his historic 100% night

The Point God Chris Paul made sure to close out the game by shooting a historic best 14 out 14 from the field
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Coming into Thursday's night marquee matchup between the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans, the Point God Chris Paul made sure to close out the game (115-109) by making history. Paul, who led the Suns with 33 points, became the only player in NBA history to score a perfect 14 out 14 from the field.

Paul had the most points in any game in NBA history (regular season and postseason) for a player who didn't miss a single field goal or free throw. The 36-year-old put his team on his back as the Suns advanced to the second round of the Playoffs, where they await their next opponent.

"We needed it. That team right there, they pushed us," Paul said. "At some point in the second quarter, I told coach I'm going to get aggressive. Coming out of the third quarter, I saw how the game was going. I think we were down 10 so I had to try to force the issue," Paul added.

Devin Booker's vital return

Booker, who missed the past three games due to a hamstring injury, returned to the lineup and instantly made an impact. Paul's historic night wouldn't have been possible without the presence of Booker, who scored 13 points and knocked down crucial shots in the clutch.

"Really nice. Really nice to have him back. All the pressure they've been doing all series, especially in the last three games, it's a little different when you've got him (Booker) on the court," Paul said, speaking on the benefit of having his running mate back.

"Really just making sure my body was ready. I was confident in it, I tested it. Got some good work in yesterday. I knew the adrenaline was gonna kick in and it was time to go," Booker said in regards to his injury.

Devin Booker, postgame press conference

The turning point for the Suns came in the second half when they turned on the switch after going down by as many as 10 points (58-48) at the end of the second quarter. According to Suns head coach Monty Williams, the team had a spirited talk about motivating themselves to close the series out.

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"We talked at halftime about the spirit of our team. I had a few personal things to say, but personal to the team about [the Pelicans] were playing with their heart, and they were playing harder than us and it was like, enough's enough," Williams said.

A love and hate relationship between both teams

The Pelicans, who competed hard all series, put up a fierce fight against the first seed. The young team went from a 3-16 start in the regular season, making big moves at the trade deadline and forcing a six-game well-fought first-round series against the Suns.

In Game 6, Pelicans fans made sure their new mortal enemy Jae Crowder knew how they felt about him. Two fans who sat in the second row of the arena wore "F*** Jae Crowder" printed shirts to depict how they felt about the Suns forward.

The whole Suns team took notice of this and mocked the gesture by wearing the same shirt after the game. Both Crowder and Booker showed up in their post-game conference wearing the same shirt, and unlike the Pelicans fans, both players had the last laugh.

Still, both the Suns and Pelicans left the series content with where their teams are headed. The first seed looks more poised for a return back to the Finals, while the underdog realized that they have a bright future ahead with their core and the impending return of Zion Williamson.

"This is not an 8-seed. No way," Williams said about how well the Pelicans played.

"I'm not in Phoenix if not for Willie," Paul said, praising the Pelicans' head coach Willie Green.

"Willie's the man," Booker yelled out as he exited his press conference.

The series may have had its fair share of trash talk, dirty plays, and animosity in between, but the Suns and Pelicans ultimately ended it with mutual respect for each other. 

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