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Paul takes over as Suns dominate in Game 1

Chris Paul went scoreless in the first quarter of his NBA Finals debut but exploded for 16 in the third quarter and 32 points overall to lead the Phoenix Suns to a commanding 118-105 home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1.

However, he wasn’t the only debutant to impress on Tuesday night, during the Suns’ first Finals game since 1993.

Devin Booker scored 27 points to go with six rebounds and three assists while Deandre Ayton had another dominant night at center, scoring 22 and snatching down a game-high 19 rebounds.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was a surprise late starter after suffering from a hyperextended left knee in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, finished with 20 points and 17 rebounds in 35 minutes after missing the last two games. Khris Middleton had 29 points and Brook Lopez scored 17.

Paul, who was playing in his first Finals game in his 16th NBA season, scored 10 of Phoenix’s 12 points in a 2:35 stretch late in the third quarter to increase the 74-62 score into an 86-68 advantage.

The ‘Point God’ took over what had been a relatively tight encounter to that point, scoring 16 in the period as the Suns took a decisive 16-point lead into the final period.

The Bucks cut the deficit to 101-94 on a basket by Antetokounmpo with 7:16 to go, briefly spurting into life after coach Mike Budenholzer moved his star player to the five position. The momentum didn’t last as Booker and Paul responded with back-to-back baskets for the Suns to stem the side.

Milwaukee never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

Appearing inspired by Antetokounmpo’s return, the Bucks took a 20-18 lead with 3:37 remaining in the first quarter. A 3-pointer by the impressive Cameron Johnson seven seconds later gave the Suns a 21-20 advantage, and they never trailed again, leading 30-26 at the end of one quarter and 57-49 at halftime.

Mikal Bridges ended the night with 14 points while Johnson and Cameron Payne had 10 each for the Suns. Phoenix starting forward Jae Crowder, the only player on either team with NBA Finals experience, scored one point and was 0-for-8 from the field.

Phoenix Suns

Points Rebounds Assists
Jae Crowder
Mikal Bridges
Deandre Ayton
Devin Booker
Chris Paul

Even so, Crowder was a team-high +19 in plus/minus and produced a number of impressive stops on the defensive end, repeatedly putting his body on the line to take fearless charge calls on Antetokounmpo as he rampaged to the basket.

Booker, who led the Suns in scoring during the regular season, didn’t have his best shooting night, going 8-21 (38.1 per cent) from the floor and just 1-8 (12.5 per cent) from beyond the arc. On the other hand, Paul was relentless with his scoring, hitting 12-19 (63.2 per cent) of his field goals and 4-7 (57.1 per cent) on his three-point attempts.

The Suns shot 32.4 per cent (11-34) from distance overall while the Bucks were at 44.4 per cent (16-36).

Milwaukee Bucks

Points Rebounds Assists
Giannis Antetokounmpo
PJ Tucker
Brook Lopez
Khris Middleton
Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday compiled 10 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Bucks, who were just 9 of 16 on foul shots. Antetokounmpo was 7 of 12 on his free throws as a cacophonous Phoenix crowd counted down his every trip to the foul line.

In contrast, the Suns made 25 of 26 free throws – hitting every shot from the line until the final minute of the contest.

The only downside for the Suns on what proved to be a near-perfect start to the Finals was a knee injury sustained by their backup center Dario Saric in the first quarter. He hobbled to the locker room and didn’t return for the remainder of the game.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is on Thursday night, once again at the Phoenix Suns Arena before the teams head to Milwaukee on Sunday night.

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Americans dominate first World Triathlon Series women's race

Maya Kingma of the Netherlands was third to prevent an all-American podium. Summer Rappaport was 30 seconds behind Taylor Knibb, who won.

It was quite a day for American women at the season-opening World Triathlon Championship Series race outside Tokyo, one that bodes well for them at the Olympics in less than two months.
Taylor Knibb won the Yokohama Triathlon to book her place on the U.S. team for the Tokyo Games in July, albeit on a different course than the one used Saturday. The 23-year-old Knibb finished the Olympic distance of a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer cycle and 10-kilometer run in 1 hour, 54 minutes, 27 seconds.
Summer Rappaport, who had already qualified for the Tokyo Games, was second, while Taylor Spivey finished fourth. Maya Kingma of the Netherlands was third, preventing an all-American podium.
Rappaport was 30 seconds behind Knibb. Kingma finished in 1:55.05 with Spivey 18 seconds behind Kingma. Austrian Julia Hauser was fifth, three seconds behind Spivey.
“I wasn’t really thinking about Tokyo, I just wanted to get to that finish line,” Knibb said in comments posted on the World Triathlon website. “Maya was so good on the technical sections of the bike so I just wanted to pay attention to that and push on the sections where the group was slower. I was just like ‘I gotta run’, knew I just needed second and there wasn’t a lot of time for thinking!”
Rappaport said she was happy to be part of an “American one-two.”
“I was focussed on catching Taylor and Maya after only racing twice since the pandemic, and today I felt I’d found my competitive edge again,” she said.
Kingma said Knibb surprised her during the cycling leg.
“I was prepared to give it everything on the swim and first lap of the bike and hope there was a small group,” Kingma said. “Taylor (Knibb) escaped before I was planning to and she was so strong on the straights, and we pulled away. I was just trying to keep her wheel and I saw the gap growing.”
American Katie Zaferes was 22nd among the 55 starters in a time of 1:57.12. Zaferes, the 2019 world champion, had podium finishes in the last three races in Yokohama — silvers in 2017 and 2018 and a course-record of 1:52.12 while winning in 2019. The coronavirus pandemic prevented the race from being held in 2020.
An American also reached the podium in the later men’s event. Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway won in a time of 1:42:55, Belgium’s Jelle Geens was second in 1:43:05 00 and American Morgan Pearson was seven seconds behind Geens in third.
The Tokyo Olympics course will be at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Bay. The men’s race is scheduled for July 26, the women’s event a day later and a new mixed relay on July 31, all of them early-morning starts to take into account expected high temperatures and oppressive humidity in Tokyo.
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SlumDOGE millionaires: Dog tokens dominate Uniswap v3’s rankings

Despite DOGE’s dramatic crash following the highly anticipated episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by SpaceX founder and hypothetical Dogecoin CEO, Elon Musk, many dog-tokens that recently rode DOGE’s coat-tails are still up several-hundred percent in just a couple of weeks after driving billions in trade volume on Uniswap v3.

In spite of its limited utility, the self-described “experiment in decentralized spontaneous community building,” Shiba Inu (SHIB), has dominated Uniswap v3’s rankings since the DEX’s May 5 launch.

Since Uniswap v3’s launch, the WETH/SHIB pairing ranks as the top pairing by both total fee generation with $ 2.4 million and number of trades with nearly 57,000, beating out second-ranked WETH/USDT with $ 750,000 generated over nearly 8,500 trades.

WETH/SHIB is currently third by total trade volume on Uniswap v3 with $ 243.2 billion, ranking behind WETH/USDT’s $ 299 billion and WETH/USDC’s $ 256.7 billion.

Other tokens of little utility have similarly surged in popularity amid the dog-token trading craze, with Akita Inu (AKITA) currently ranking eighth by fee generation, fifth by total number of trades, and 13th by total volume on Uniswap v3. Dogelon Mars (ELON) also produced an impressive performance on Uniswap, ranking sixth by total number of trades and 13th by fee generation.

Cointelegraph’s Joseph Young also noted that Dogecoin was also topping the trade volume charts, with the DOGE/USDT perpetual contract on Binance Futures overtaking Bitcoin to rank as the top trading pairing on the platform.

While DOGE is up roughly 111% over the past 14 days, SHIB has gained 973%, AKITA’s is up 347%, and ELON’s price has increased 479% over the same period.