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The Bucks might stop here if they can’t get a win against the Harden-less Nets tonight.

‘Point God’ Rolls to the Bank

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Chris Paul isn’t just spearheading the Suns’ deep postseason run — he’s heading for another huge payday.

The veteran’s otherworldly performance in Phoenix’s Game 2 win over the Nuggets was his third postseason game with 15-plus assists and no turnovers — making him the NBA’s all-time leader and the first to do it with three different teams.

Making history will also help Paul score some late-career coin.

CP3 reportedly intends to decline his $44,211,146 player option from the four-year, $159.7 million deal he signed with the Rockets in 2018.

According to NBC Sports, if Paul opts out, he would be eligible to re-sign with the Suns for three years at $140,702,685 or with another team at $136,794,277. Some NBA execs believe he can feasibly get $60 million over three years.

Despite his age (36) and recent shoulder injury, Paul would be a huge get for any team — especially for the postseason. In his last three games, Paul has 38 assists and just two turnovers.

The Suns’ odds for their first NBA championship have dropped to a third-best +650. Paul is +1,800 to take home NBA Finals MVP.

Perfect 1st Impression

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Looks like the Phillies found a bargain — and super-sub — in Luke Williams.

Williams belted his first career home run, a two-out, two-run walk-off blast to give Philly a 2-1 win over the Braves on Wednesday night. That made him the first player in MLB history to hit a walk-off homer in his first career start with his team trailing.

It’s been a good week all around — on Saturday, Williams helped Team USA earn a berth in the Tokyo Summer Games.

He’s costing the Phillies less than his league-minimum pay ($570,500) thanks to an adjusted salary of $358,839.

Before Monday’s callup from Triple-A, Williams played six different positions for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

The 24-year-old has been compared to three-time All-Star Ben Zobrist, who spent 13 seasons with the Rays, Athletics, Royals, and Cubs.

Williams will hope the comparison extends to his salary — Zobrist earned $78,346,122 over his career.

For now, Philadelphia’s 29th-rated prospect is basking in the afterglow of Wednesday’s feat.

“It definitely hasn’t been the easiest journey, but this is pretty awesome,” he told reporters.

The 29-31 Phillies sit in third place in the National League East and face the Braves on Thursday.

Searching for a Slam

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Alexander Zverev has conquered the quarterfinal hurdle in Grand Slam events. Now he just has to win one outright.

The 24-year-old German failed to reach the quarters in his first 11 tries but has since done so in six of his last 12, including the 2021 French Open.

The No. 6 is set to face fifth-seeded Stefano Tsitsipas in the semifinals on Friday in search of his first Grand Slam.

With each victory at Roland Garros, Zverev is adding to his season’s haul. Zverev has made $825,565 for advancing to the semis and can reach $1,694,710 if he takes home the title.

Wins in Acapulco and Madrid boosted the world’s sixth-ranked player to $1,118,245 in 2021 prize money, adding to his $24,464,405 career earnings.

And thanks to endorsement deals with adidas, Head, Peugeot, and Zegna, among others, Zverev has an estimated net worth of $25 million.

He’s +215 to defeat Tsitsipas — and if he does, we’ll see a showdown with the winner of the Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal semi. Zverev is +1,200 to win the championship.

Making Headlines

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NHL: Brock Nelson scored two goals in the Islanders’ 6-2 victory over the Bruins in Game 6. New York advanced to the semifinals, where it will face the defending champion Lightning. Also: The Oilers’ Connor McDavid, the Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon, and the Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews were named finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the league’s MVP.

French Open: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached her first Grand Slam final by defeating Tamara Zidansek in the women’s semifinals.

NFL: The Bears signed 11th-overall pick Justin Fields to a fully guaranteed, four-year, $18,871,952 contract, according to The NFL Network.

Tonight's Action

Avalanche at Golden Knights

Watch: 9 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Odds: Golden Knights -137, Avalanche +118 || O/U 5.5 

Pick: Vegas can secure the last semifinal spot with a win in Game 6. Sports Section likes the Knights to do just that. Take them on the moneyline and the under in a tight contest.

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