The Suns leave Doncic on the tightrope

05/11/2022 at 07:58

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Los Phoenix Sunswith 28 points from Devin Booker, triumphed this Tuesday by 110-80 at home against Dallas Mavericks, in which Slovenian Luka Doncic scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and took a 3-2 lead in the NBA Western Conference semifinals. After losing the two games played in Dallas, the Suns asserted the field factor at the Footprint Center and overwhelmed the Mavs with a tremendous third quarter, in which they achieved a 17-0 run and beat the Texans 33-14 . Monty Williams’ team, chosen this Monday as the best coach of the season, will be able to sentence the series next Thursday in the sixth game, set at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Booker led the Suns with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, supported by De’Andre Ayton’s 20 points and 9 rebounds, while Chris Paul had 7 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists. They gave the Suns a victory that brings them closer to the Conference finals. The numbers are at your side: on 183 occasions out of 222, the team that took a 3-2 lead in the playoff series ended up going through the round. For the Mavericks, Doncic scored 28 points, with 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals, while Jalen Brunson had 21 points and 7 rebounds. However, Jason Kidd’s men lacked support from the rest of their teammates and finished with a modest 27-for-71 shooting. Too little to protect some Suns who touched 50% (43 of 87).

Doncic and Booker, in command

The pressure was getting higher and higher and in ‘The Valley’ the stars of the Suns and the Mavs were soon the protagonists, which gave life to a game of maximum intensity, marked by great plays and exchange of accelerations. Doncic was the center of the Mavs’ plays and had already 18 points and 7 rebounds at halftime, with 7 of 16 shooting. For his part, Booker added 16 with a brilliant 7 of 11 shooting. Both teams had similar percentages and neither of them could take important advantages in the first half of the match. The Mavs had an eight margin at 38-30, but it was the Suns who came back to take a 49-46.

Suns 17-0 run

It was in the third period that the game reached its turning point, with the Suns sealing a devastating 17-0 run against a Mavs that completely stalled for more than five minutes. It was a slump that took its toll on Jason Kidd’s men. They chained 6 turnovers in 7 minutes and also saw Finney-Smith commit a flagrant foul on Devin Booker, with no consequence for the Suns’ number 1 (68-50). The fourth ended 33-14 for the Suns who increased their lead to 22 points at 82-60. The Arizonans only lost 2 balls to the 12 of the Mavs, who only connected 6 of their 15 shots. Doncic, with 8 points, and Brunson, with 6, were the only ones to score for the Texans. Booker, for his part, scored three triples and 12 points in the third period, which left the match practically sentenced to enter the fourth period.

For the Mavericks it was a psychological blow. They could not get up and collapsed completely, until falling by a definitive 110-80. In the last seconds, with everything already decided, the Congolese Bismack Biyombo tried to seal the victory with a powerful mate and Marquese Chriss reacted with a hard free kick, seeing that play as unnecessary. the two players they almost came to face each other in the locker room tunnelbefore calm was restored.