The homecourt advantage was evident at the Phoenix Suns Arena on Monday night.
The energy from the sold-out crowd ignited the Suns to win Game 1122-105 over the Denver Nuggets in the conference semifinals.
After Phoenix’s slow first-half, excitement escalated mid-third as the team took the lead in a 16-0 sprint in less than four minutes and the fans rang only from there.
It looked like the roof might have exploded off the top of the ring as the crowd roared after Torrey Craig thumped his former team in the fourth quarter to give the Sun a 102-84 lead.
Bleacher Report called the crowd in the house “excited,” but the exaggeration was an understatement.
Suns centre-back Deandre Ayton said it was the loudest environment he played in.
The intensity was not surprising from the fan base who had waited 10 years to see their team in the playoffs. And now watching them crown the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.
“This crowd has gone crazy. It’s crazy to have fans in there,” defender Chris Paul told Zoom. “Energy, there’s nothing like it. I tell them this is why we fight so hard in the regular season to get an advantage at home and I think we really have our fan base here.”
The world of social media was quick to notice the buzz radiating from the Suns stands and the impact it had on the game: