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Chris Paul helps Suns hold off Nuggets, improve to 5-1

Nuggets failed to take a lead for nearly three quarters, falling to 1-4 on the season.
Credit: AP
Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, right, looks for a shot over Denver Nuggets guard Facundo Campazzo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Chris Paul hit a clutch jumper with 7.3 seconds remaining after a successful coach’s challenge on the other end and the Phoenix Suns moved to 5-1 for the first time since 2009-10 by holding off the scuffling Denver Nuggets 106-103. 

Playing a night after winning at Utah, the Suns showed signs of fatigue late in surrendering a 16-point advantage. 

With Phoenix Leading 102-100 with 30.9 seconds remaining, Mikal Bridges was called for a foul on Gary Harris. 

But Suns coach Monty Williams successfully challenged the play, with replays showing Bridges slid underneath Harris with no contact. 

Phoenix got the jump ball and Paul hit a 15-footer to send the Suns to the win.