Dallas Mavericks force Game 7 against the Phoenix Suns

Luka Doncic scored 33 points and the Dallas Mavericks Beat the phoenix suns 113-86 Thursday night to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals.

The home team has won all six games, none with a final margin closer to seven points. The deciding game is Sunday in Phoenix.

The Mavericks won by facing elimination for the first time in three tries under Dončić, their three-time All-Star.

Both losses have come against the Clippers in the past two seasons, including Game 7 in Los Angeles last year after the visitors won the first six games, the first in the playoffs. Dallas is playing beyond the first round for the first time since winning the title 11 years ago.

The Suns, seeking a second straight trip to the West finals, are going the distance in a series for the first time in two postseasons with Chris Paul and Devin Booker. The previous three were six, including Phoenix’s loss to Milwaukee last year in the NBA Finals.

Booker scored 19 points but was shut out from 3-point range (0-for-4) while going 6-for-17. Deandre Ayton had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Paul added 13 points.

The top-seeded Suns held a season low in scoring, regular season or playoffs, for the second time in the series.

Reggie Bullock scored 19 points and Jalen Brunson added 18 for Dallas. Spencer Dinwiddie had a series-high 15, all on 3-pointers (5-for-7).

Dončić played through an apparent left leg injury that sent him to the locker room when he would have been out of the game in the second quarter anyway. He returned to the bench and rode a stationary bike before re-entering the game.

Soon after, the Mavericks went on a decisive 19-5 run to end the first half, turning a two-point lead into a 60-45 halftime lead.

It was a home team repeat of the third quarter of Game 5, when Phoenix went on a 17-0 run for an 18-point lead and ended up winning by 30.

Dončić, who had 11 rebounds and eight assists, fought his shot while battling injury early on, but hit a 3-pointer on the final stretch of the first half and scored 10 in the third to help the Mavericks increase their lead to 22. (94-72). .

Paul mostly avoided the turnover and foul problems that cost the Suns in the first two losses in Dallas. But the 37-year-old point guard was never a big factor, as he took only seven shots.

Booker was held to eight points as Dallas pulled away in the second and third quarters, opening the second half by missing an ill-advised 3-pointer and not scoring again until the Suns trailed by 21 late in the third.

Associated Press report.


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