WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chris Paul scored 33 points in his best shooting performance as guest Phoenix Sons beat New Orleans Pelicans 115-109 in Game 6 of Thursday night to win their first round of the Western Conference Playoff Series. ۔
Paul attempted all 14 of his field goals and made four free throws, and Devin Booker came back from hamstring injury and scored five of his 13 points in the final two minutes.
Dendre Eaton scored 22 points, Michael Bridges added 18 points and Cameron Johnson added 13 points for the top seed Sons, who will next face fourth seed Dallas Mavericks.
Brendon Ingram had 21 points and 11 assists, and Herbert Jones and CJ McCullum scored 16, 16 for the Pelicans.
Mavericks 98, Jazz 96
Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson scored 24 points as Dallas beat Utah in Salt Lake City to complete their first round of the Western Conference series in six games.
Spencer Denvedy added 19 points for Mavericks. Doreen Fanny Smith scored 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 23 points and nine assists, while adding eight rebounds. Bojan Bogdanok had 19 points but missed a 3-point wide effort with 1.9 seconds to give Utah the win.
76ers 132, Raptors 97
Joel Embiid scored 33 points and 10 rebounds as Philadelphia beat host Toronto in Game 6 to win their first round playoff series.
James Harden added 22 points and 15 assists for the 76ers, who won the first three games of the Best Eastern Conference before dropping the next two. Tires Maxi dropped five 3-pointers to make 25 points, and Tobias Harris had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
The fourth-seeded 76ers will begin the Eastern Conference semifinals on the road against top-seeded Miami Heat on Monday. Chris Boucher had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors. Pascal Siakam added 24 points, Gary Trent Jr. 19 and Scotty Barnes 18 points.