Series tied at 2-2 after Phoenix Suns lose Game 4 against the Pelicans

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) dunks against New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum in...
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) dunks against New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in New Orleans, Sunday, April 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)(Matthew Hinton | AP)
Published: Apr. 24, 2022 at 7:50 PM MST|Updated: Apr. 24, 2022 at 9:21 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The Suns kept things close throughout the first half, but after running into foul trouble in the second, lost Game 4 against the New Orleans Pelicans 118 to 103. The Pelicans maintained a lead over the Suns throughout most of the first half, but the Suns took the lead 51 to 49 heading into halftime. The score started to drift more into the Pelican’s favor in the fourth quarter, with the Suns unable to chip away at their lead.

The Suns were looking to increase their series lead in their first-round playoff match-up against the Pelicans Sunday night before heading back to Phoenix for Game 5. Sunday’s game was the second scheduled away game of the series. The Suns won Game 1 at home but lost the second game after star guard Devin Booker left with a hamstring injury with less than 5 minutes to go in the third quarter. Booker was projected to miss Games 3 and 4.

The Suns bounced back in Game 3 in New Orleans, with Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul stepping up to lead the Suns to victory. Paul put up 20 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Suns tipped off against the Pelicans for Game 4 in New Orleans at 6:30 p.m. Thousands of dedicated Suns fans gathered at Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix to watch the game on the jumbotron inside and support their team even from over 1,500 miles away.

The Suns will be back at home to face the Pelicans in Game 5 on Tuesday. It’s unclear if Booker will return for Game 5.