The Dallas Mavericks went to Arizona and, with a superb performance from Luka Doncic, crushed the Phoenix Suns in Game 7 with a devastating 123-90 victory, Sunday (15), reaching the Western Conference Finals 11 years later. The star made a great start to the match and finished the first half with the same score as the entire Suns team. Both scored 27 points. In addition to the Slovenian who scored 35 points, Spencer Dewedi was also responsible for the collision in the opening minutes, with a total of 30 points tonight.
Luka Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie became the first teammate duo to have 30 points each in Game 7 since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. The Los Angeles Lakers starred in the 2002 Conference Finals against the Sacramento Kings.
On the other hand, the Suns did not find themselves on the field and their key players performed poorly. Outside, Devin Booker had only 11 points. However, Chris Paul and Dunder Eaton were worse. The base has only ten points and four assists. But his poor performance went further: Chris finished the duel with him Plus minus of -39, the worst of his NBA career, both in the regular season and the playoffs. The center added five meager points and four rebounds. Thus, the early elimination of the best team of the regular season was determined in the first 24 minutes.
The duel began with the control of the visiting team. Doncic and Dinwiddy, coming off the bench, were largely responsible for the 10-point advantage obtained in the first quarter. In contrast, the Suns did not start at a pace worthy of the decision, especially Chris Paul and Dunder Eaton who spent the first 12 minutes without any points.
In the second quarter, the scenario worsened for Suns. Mavericks guards beat the Suns, and they single-handedly added 48 of the team’s 57 points in the first half. Doncic’s showing was so impressive that the star scored the same (27) for the entire Suns team in the first two quarters. Thus, he became the first player in the last 25 seasons to equal or exceed the total points of the opposing team at one time.
Phoenix was lukewarm. Therefore, Monty Williams’ side were not effective on either side of the field, and with the attacks wasted, the players showed more tension. Not even Devin Booker, the fourth-best-voted player of the season, was able to turn the safety balls and get the team back into the game.
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On the other hand, Dallas, with his broad advantage quiet on the scoreboard, translated his confidence into points. On the way back from the locker room, there is no reaction. Despite a tight quarter, the Phoenix Suns seemed delivered. As a result, the gap reached 42 points at the end of the third period and the rating was virtually confirmed.
Finally, in the last 12 minutes, it was a disqualification atmosphere. Some fans began to leave the footprint center and those who remained gave some boos. In court, the bank employees took charge and the Mavs managed to win quite calmly. In this way, he secured a place in the Conference Finals for the first time since 2011. But for Chris Paul, the bitter aftertaste suffered in a fifth comeback after his side opened 2-0 in a playoff series.
Now, the Dallas Mavericks face the Golden State Warriors, with the first two games of the West End series at Chase Center. The first match will be played next Wednesday (18) at 22:00 (Brasilia time).
(4) Dallas Mavericks 123 x 90 Phoenix Suns (3)
Luka Doncic: 35 points, ten rebounds, four assists, 6-11 from the perimeter
Spencer Dinwiddie: 30 points, three rebounds, 5-7 from the perimeter
Galen Bronson: 24 points, 6 rebounds
Cameron Johnson: 12 points, five rebounds
Devin Booker: 11 points, 3 rebounds
Chris Paul: Ten points and four assists
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