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.