The NBA is a star-driven league, but the Phoenix Suns have found a different formula that works in the playoffs.
The Suns' balanced attack drove another dominant win on Wednesday, a 123-98 triumph over the Denver Nuggets that gave Phoenix a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semi-final series.
Phoenix had six players score in double figures, with Devin Booker leading the way at a modest 18 points followed by Chris Paul (17), Mikal Bridges (16) and Deandre Ayton (15).
"I think it's an unselfish group. They're willing to make plays for one another. We share the ball – that's part of our DNA," Suns head coach Monty Williams told reporters.
"We don't have the experience that a lot of the playoff teams have, but we've had this year to gel and we've had a lot of close games at home and on the road, so that helps."
Wednesday's game was not close, as Phoenix took the lead early in the first quarter and never looked back, pulling away from Denver in the second half.
After a 51-21 regular season, the Suns have learned they do not have to rely on one or two players for their scoring, and that helps ease the pressure on everyone.
"It's a natural chemistry," said veteran point guard Chris Paul, who had 15 assists and no turnovers.
"I really haven't been on a team like this where everybody shoots it the way that they do, so you don't have to try to find a certain guy."
The 36-year-old floor leader is a big reason for that peace of mind, his coach noted.
"He manages games better than anybody that I've ever been around," Williams said.
"Once he gets an idea of the offence and the guys he's playing with, he has the ability to use his talents to make everybody else better, and then he knows when to take over in moments.
"Guys have to make shots, but Chris is one of the rare guards that can put passes right where they need to be so guys are more effective when they catch the ball. And his ability to take care of the ball, even when he has it a lot, is not something I take for granted.
"That's why he's been successful everywhere he's been."
Coming off their first playoff series win since 2010, the Suns are full of confidence as they head to Denver.
The plan for Friday's Game 3? More of the same, they hope.
"We've got so many great shooters on our team, and guys that can not only shoot it but put it on the floor," Paul said. "We just played the way we've been playing all season long and that's as a team."