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Perfect-shooting Chris Paul makes history, leads Suns past Pelicans

Chris Paul in 2022 NBA Playoffs - Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 28: Herbert Jones #5 of the New Orleans Pelicans plays defense on Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns during Round 1 Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2022 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Chris Paul is the NBA’s most notorious perfectionist.

He has driven teammates mad over the years with his intense intolerance for mistakes. Even while delivering his message with a defter touch more recently, Paul hasn’t loosened his sky-high standards. Paul wants to get everything right.

As a scorer Thursday, he did.

Paul shot a playoff-record 14-for-14, scoring 33 points to lead the Suns to a 115-109 series-ending win over the Pelicans in Game 6 Thursday. Phoenix will face the Mavericks-Jazz winner in the second round – but not before appreciating Paul’s historic night.

Not only did he break the record for most shots in a playoff game without a miss, he did so by two shots:

pbt chris paul 14-for-14 suns pelicans game 6

Wilt Chamberlain holds the regular-season record 18-for-18. Chamberlain – who also shot 16-for-16 and 15-for-15 in regular-season games – is the only player to eclipse Paul’s 14-for-14 mark in the regular season.

Paul accomplished his feat against a pesky New Orleans defense (and pesky New Orleans team). But as the Pelicans applied pressure, Paul – who also had eight assists – just played his game. A superb mid-ranger operator, Paul didn’t even take a shot at the rim!

PHX vs NOP on 04_28_2022

In his return from injury, Devin Booker (13 points) looked fairly pedestrian. But Paul and Deandre Ayton (22 points on 10-of-12 shooting) stepped up.

Paul has been a great mentor for Ayton. In describing his leadership style, Paul has said he’d never ask people to do something he wouldn’t do himself. So, Ayton might hear about those two misses.

Paul has the credibility to bring them up.