The Phoenix Suns returned with a dominant performance, winning Game 5 against the Dallas Mavericks. In a 110:80 win, all levees broke in the third quarter.
After the first half, the Suns finally flexed their muscles after the break. Devin Booker was the leader with 28 points (11/19 FG), and support came from all sides. Chris Paul remained very inconspicuous as the top scorer (7 points), but he distributed 10 assists. Dunder Eaton scored 20 points and 9 rebounds.
Luka Doncic topped the Mavericks team’s top scorer with 28 points (10/23) and 10 rebounds. With the exception of Galen Bronson (21, 9/16), he received little support, only Davis Bertans (10, 3/4 3FG) ending up in double digits. Maxi Clipper also stayed below his potential (4, 1/5 FG, 6 rebounds).
The Mavs took their excellent shot from Game 4 and hit three of their first five three-pointers, Finney-Smith had two of them. Doncic in another Making it 15:9, on the other hand, as usual, Booker took the lead early on. The All-Star hit a series of heavy hitters from a 12-point middle distance in the first quarter, with Doncic at 11. 26:23 Dallas after 12 minutes.
Phoenix explodes in the third quarter
Even without Luca, Dallas had slight advantages. Bronson scored several times in seclusion, and Bertans also drowned thirty others. The 8-point lead melted away quickly after some good shots were missed – and Booker equalized with a header. Ayton was now better in the game again, Bridges intercepting Doncic’s pass and giving the Suns their first lead since the start of the first quarter. They’ve also taken this on the break, 49:46 PHX.
Phoenix walked out of the cabin like a firefighter. Booker made thirty, and Ayton searched under the basket – the lead quickly grew to 11 points, even the timeout made no improvement. Dallas didn’t play offensively at all, Eaton made it to 67:50 with a turning jump, going 17:0. Phoenix finally looked like Phoenix again. Booker drowned three more, at the end of the quarter Bridges Johnson served in oop alley – Phoenix won the role with 33:14! 82:60.
Early in the last quarter, Bullock had to be replaced and sent to the locker room, but he came back soon after. However, it was too late anyway: Dallas’ offensive wasn’t good enough this round to shorten the distance enough. It’s been a terrible run, with the Mavs scoring just 34 points in the last 24 minutes. With 4:35 minutes left, Jason Kidd already took his starts off the field.
The most important stats
Phoenix Suns (1) – Dallas Mavericks (4) 110:80 (BOXSCORE), Series: 3-2
- The Mavs started well from downtown, but they weren’t quite as strong in terms of efficiency or size as they were in Game 4. And they weren’t superior in that regard – they hit 6/16 three times in the break, Phoenix 4/14. After that, these tipped Category in favor of the Suns (12/32 to 8/32) – although Dallas should dominate here to beat the Suns.
- Phoenix sent out noticeably less assist after the switch than in previous games, and Bronson and Doncic in particular called for isolation. That resulted in some powerful shots, but also a very difficult overall throwing profile for Dallas. The Mavs could rarely play open throws, almost everything was done. As a result, 27 field goals preceded only 9 assists, compared to 28 and 43 at the other end. The Suns combination looked “more correct,” especially since Dallas also added 16 turns.
- The Suns were also able to limit the Mavs’ shots into the basket. Dallas scored only 24 points in the paint, and Phoenix at least 44. And that’s not their core competency either, Dallas should be on par here too.
- Phoenix also dominated Possession. Because Dallas had more turns (16 to 12) and fewer rebounds (38 to 50), the Suns were able to throw 16 times more off the field overall than the Mavs. If you hit them better, it becomes clear.
Suns vs. Mavs: Game Sound
Devin Booker (The Suns): “We study the film. The coach comes to us with the modifications, we implement them and we follow through.”
Monty Williams (Sun coach): “Defense today – this is the backbone of our program.”
Luka Doncic (Mavericks): “The only thing we didn’t do well today is speed. Our pace in the last two games has been very good. This is one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. They kept us at 80 points. That’s impressive. We need to move the ball and get a better pace, play well.” Faster. “
Star of the game: Devin Booker
As usual, he set the tone early by scoring, then followed by Dagger in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Booker also served as a semi-point guard when Paul was off the bench because Cameron Payne wasn’t a player, which made the offense move. Mikal Bridges also showed a strong two-way game (14, 7 rebounds, 4 steals).
Game Failure: Spencer Dinwiddy
In principle, one could list the entire supporting cast here, with the exception of Bertans. But Dinwiddie didn’t see much throughout the series – absolutely nothing in this game (2 points, 0/3 FG, 3 turnover). When Suns is good at stopping the ball from moving, his creation skills are actually more important.
Bridges and Bronson know each other from college – no wonder the noble defender is so good at reading his old friend. As in that scene at the end of the third quarter, When I take out Bronson’s passport out of the blue, towed forward and served up Johnson’s first alley. That’s pretty much how the whole neighborhood went.
NBA Playoffs: Suns vs.Mavs – 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||110: 80|
|6||May 13||3:30 AM||Dallas Mavericks||Phoenix Suns||–|
|7 *||May 16||to be announced later on||Phoenix Suns||Dallas Mavericks||–|