Suns crush Luka Doncic’s Mavericks

The Suns used a huge third quarter to turn a close game into a comfortable victory. Phoenix opened the second half with an 11-4 run, highlighted by two 3-pointers by Booker, for a 61-50 lead.

The Mavs coach, Jason Kidd, called a timeout, but it did little to stop the attack. The Suns led 82-60 entering the fourth with Booker scoring 12 points during the third.

While the Suns finally found some offensive continuity, the Mavs completely lost theirs, scoring just four points in the first six minutes of the third. At times, the Dallas offense would fall back to see mostly Luka Dončić try to do magic, but he couldn’t do it all by himself.

Game 5 started the same way the last two games in Dallas, VERY slow and labored, and the Phoenix Suns they found themselves down 38-30 midway through the second quarter.

It was a lot like those last two games. The Dallas Mavericks were controlling the pace, running down the shot clock on almost every possession, holding the Suns to one shot and done… and it looked like Dallas had the Suns’ number.

But then, to keep the analogy going, the Suns changed his number. And he outplayed the Mavericks the rest of the way by forcibly increasing the pace on every Dallas miss.

They finished the half on a 19-8 run to take a 49-46 lead, then opened the game in the third quarter to take a 24-point lead before Dallas knew what had hit them.

The Suns outscored the Mavs 52-22 from the 7:24 mark of the second quarter to the end of the third quarter, forcing 12 Mavericks turnovers in that third quarter alone.

Devin Booker was the star of the show and Chris Paul He moved all the strings with his death. Booker had 28 points on 11-for-19 shooting over three quarters and Chris Paul had 8 assists.

The fourth quarter was just a matter of playing the rope, as both teams dialed back their intensity after that crazy run.

The Suns accomplished all of this despite Chris Paul still struggling to find his own offense, and Deandre Ayton he quickly got into foul trouble. The rest of the Suns really showed themselves in this one with balanced scoring and spirited defense.

Monty Williams changed the rotation, giving Cameron Payne the night off and JaVale McGee moving to the center of the third row. Devin Booker y Landry Shamet had the primary ball-handling duties after Chris Paul, y Bismack Biyombo he had the central backup minutes.

The suns win, 110-80.

The Suns now hold a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven series with Game 6 on Thursday night in Dallas.

A chant of ‘Suns at 6’ began as Cameron Johnson made the final free throws.