Deandre Ayton's emergence has Phoenix Suns a win away from the NBA Finals

Patrick Beverley, Deandre Ayton
Posted at 9:15 AM, Jun 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-28 19:57:31-04

PHOENIX — Deandre Ayton has rapidly become the player the Phoenix Suns imagined when the ping-pong balls bounced their way for the 2018 NBA draft.

The third-year center was in top form Saturday in a hard-fought 84-80 Game 4 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

He scored 19 points, grabbed a playoff career-high 22 rebounds and blocked four shots.

Now the Suns have a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals and are one win away from a trip to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993.

Game 5 is on Monday in Phoenix.