The Dallas Mavericks tied the series against the Phoenix Suns. For Game 4 of the conference semi-finals, almost the entire downtown team is preparing. Chris Paul appears strangely on the other side.
The Mavericks scored 20 three-pointers as a team, eight of which came from Dorian Finney-Smith alone (24 points, 8/12 3FG, 8 rebounds). Luka Doncic scored 26 points (9/25 FG, 7 rebounds, 11 assists), and Jalen Bronson 18 points. Maxi Clipper put 11 and 7 rebounds coming from the bench.
On the flip side, Devin Booker was clearly the best man with 35 points and 7 assists, but was somewhat disappointed by his backcourt teammate. Chris Paul had 5 points and 7 assists because he fouled in 23 minutes. Jay Crowder (15) and Dender Eaton (14 and 11 rebounds) provided some support, but it wasn’t enough.
Both teams started with the usual starting runs. Both teams started with good chances, less than four minutes later Dallas was already 13:8 ahead. However, there was still cause for concern, as Doncic was so upset about a missed whistle after just two and a half minutes that he got his first technical technique in the match.
Otherwise it went very well for Dallas at first. Doncic did what he wanted, and the Mavs hit three. Vinnie-Smith made it to 24:13, then Crowder limping into the locker room, but was able to quickly turn back. Phoenix still looks oddly disorganized. Bertans raised the corner to +13, Poker (already 13 points) ensured damage reduction. 37:25 Mafs after a quarter.
Chris Paul was barely on the field in the second half
Bertans gave the next three suns, Dinwiddy continued, and Crowder caught fire a little on the other side. After more than six minutes off the bench, Doncic is back for his team at +9, and Phoenix is now better in the game. Doncic blamed Paul and Bridges for their third foul, and things got tough again. Right at the end of the quarter, Paul also received a loose ball foul – his fourth foul! 68:56 Dallas at break.
Phoenix walked out of the steamy locker room, but Paul took the wind out of his team’s sails by claiming his fifth foul on the spot. The Mavs opened the quarter with a 0-7 score before Bronson hit a tricky jump, then immediately switched to a 7-0 run. Doncic picked Paine several times and scored, but Johnson got up on the other side and gave Booker at least a playing partner. That was enough to keep going. 87:78 after three quarters.
Hard to believe: Paul came back and received his sixth foul almost immediately, as he was kicked out of a playoff for the fourth time in his career. Booker initially kept his team in contention, putting three goals to -8 with less than four minutes to go, but the Mavs hit back with three again. 1:34 Before the end, Doncic put the ball up after a later run against Johnson to make it 109:95 and grinned – it was the final decision.
The most important stats
Dallas Mavericks (4) – Phoenix Suns (1) 111: 101 (BOXSCORE), Series: 2-2
- The Mavs got off to a hot start, especially from downtown, sinking 8/13 three times in the first quarter and 14/24 in the break — setting the franchise record for three times in the half. The 68 points the Dallas Suns scored in the first half, was the second most Phoenix conceded in a half this season.
- Note: Phoenix has only attempted ten three-pointers (five hits) in the same period. In the second half, the Mavs were more eager to shoot, even if they didn’t shoot nearly as much in the third. But in the end, they stood at a gorgeous 20/43, the sun at 9/25. Phoenix had significantly more than two (30 to 18), but this discrepancy was still difficult to reconcile.
- Perhaps the biggest difference in the first half was next to the three: production from the bench. Dallas looked like a much deeper team as Bertans, Dinwiddy and Clipper delivered them all – unlike the cameras at the other end. It was 29:8 in bank points. In the second half, the Suns seat woke up a bit, but stayed crystal clear (36:26).
- In fact, Suns is known for avoiding mistakes. But for the second time in a row, there was little to be seen. Countless stupid fouls became a big problem, and Phoenix lost 17 again, just like in Game 3. Dallas helped with another good defense, but it wasn’t a clean game as you’d expect from The Sun.
Mavs vs. Suns: Game Sound
Jason Kidd (Coach Mavs) on drawing mistakes: “We learned that from one of the best point guards ever on the other side. That’s pretty cool.”
Chris Paul (The Suns): “I have to look at this again. I mean, I can’t put myself in this position where they could do such a thing.”
Star of the game: Dorian Finney Smith
Good time for what could be the best match of his career. Vinnie-Smith gave the usual strong defense, he was all over the place and also had his very hot hand in front. I did well!
Game Failure: Chris Paul
For the second year in a row, Paul behaved strangely in Dallas. Several calls have been debatable, especially the last one, but CP is probably not the one who can complain about something like that. And in many acts, he was simply behaving recklessly. Besides, Michael Bridges and Cameron Payne didn’t look good at all either.
It’s hard not to get a call in such a hot game. After making four mistakes in the first half (!) of his career, Paul was not satisfied, needlessly pushing himself into Bronson’s way. An offensive foul was called, and the Monty Williams challenge didn’t change that. What is God’s point of view?
NBA Playoffs – Suns vs.Mavs: The Series at a Glance
|1||May 3||it’s 4 o clock||Phoenix Suns||Dallas Mavericks||121: 114|
|2||May 5th||it’s 4 o clock||Phoenix Suns||Dallas Mavericks||129: 109|
|3||May 7||3.30 am||Dallas Mavericks||Phoenix Suns||103: 94|
|4||May 8||9:30 pm||Dallas Mavericks||Phoenix Suns||111: 101|
|5||May 11||it’s 4 o clock||Phoenix Suns||Dallas Mavericks||–|
|6||May 13||3.30 am||Dallas Mavericks||Phoenix Suns||–|
|7 *||May 16||to be announced later on||Phoenix Suns||Dallas Mavericks||–|