Chris Paul Closed Out Suns' 114-111 Win Over Pelicans

The Pelicans battled but lost 114-111 to Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns in Game 3.

The New Orleans Pelicans battled back to lose Game 3 of their NBA Playoffs series to the Phoenix Suns in front of a sold-out Smoothie King Center crowd.

Chris Paul closed out a 114-111 win to take a 2-1 series lead with Deandre Ayton's 28 points, 17 rebounds, and three steals.

Willie Green wanted the Pelicans to come out fired up and ready to play. "I wouldn't be upset if we started with too much juice," he said, "but I think we'll settle into the game like we always do."

We want to make a good first impression. This is critical for us. Our habits, routines, and preparation are what allow us to focus on the task at hand in any game, no matter how big."

Early on, Jaxson Hayes was following instructions. He grabbed the team's first rebound and scored the team's first points, but he was unable to assist in the second half

Even in a tense playoff environment, Hayes crossed a competitive line, was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul after review, and Jonas Valanciunas had no help in the paint.

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