In a sequence the place the house groups have dominated, Luka Doncic and the Mavericks discovered one other gear at residence on Thursday evening.
The Suns received to expertise the Luka particular — however not the sort Devin Booker mocked — as Doncic had 33 factors, 11 rebounds and eight assists. But greater than that, he managed the circulate of the sport and picked aside the Suns’ protection. Throw in Reggie Bullock (5-of-11) main a Dallas staff capturing 41% from 3 on the evening, and it grew to become a blowout.
The Mavericks dominated the Suns in Game 6, 113-86, establishing a Game 7 Sunday in Phoenix. This would be the Suns’ first Game 7 of their final two playoff runs.
In Game 6, the Mavericks managed each ends of the courtroom.
On protection, they once more did job contesting the mid-range photographs that Chris Paul, Devin Booker and the Suns thrive on — however Dallas was in a position to hassle Phoenix’s shooters everywhere in the courtroom. Look on the Suns’ shot chart.
Phoenix was looking matchups, significantly for Paul and Booker, however they did it a lot that they received away from a few of what they wished to do on offense by way of ball motion. For instance, the Suns within the first couple of video games of this sequence pounded the smaller Mavericks inside with Deandre Ayton, and whereas he led the Suns with 21 factors on this recreation they didn’t go to him early or typically.
Then there have been the turnovers — 22 of them for Phoenix. Or 23.7% of Suns possessions resulted in a turnover, practically one-in-four journeys down the courtroom.
However, the largest downside for the Suns in Game 6 — and their largest problem heading into Game 7 — is the one everybody struggles with towards Dallas:
There is not any good reply for Luka Doncic.
He was the excessive scorer within the recreation, however he’s extra an elite playmaker than a scorer, and when he’s received guys round him flattening photographs — because the Mavericks have completed at residence this sequence — Dallas is tough to cease. This sequence has been a testomony to how the Mavericks have constructed round Doncic with shooters and defenders that reap the benefits of his expertise.
Game 6 turned within the second quarter, when Dallas closed on a 19-6 run, turning a comparatively shut recreation right into a 60-45 Mavericks lead on the half.
While the Suns would make a few second-half pushes, it was clear early on there can be a Game 7. The query is can Dallas carry their effort and play from this recreation to Phoenix for the Sunday showdown? The Mavericks have struggled within the Valley of the Sun this sequence, however now they simply want one recreation.
And Thursday’s Game 6 provides them each the blueprint and the boldness.
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