Luka Doncic scored 33 points and the Dallas Mavericks forced Game 7 against the Phoenix Suns by winning last morning 86-113.
The defense put up by Jason Kidd suffocated the Arizonans, who scored the least for the entire season; they committed up to 22 turnovers (also a season high) and didn’t even hit 40% shooting from the field.
«I don’t have enough time to talk about everything that corrodes me,» Monty Williams told ESPN. «I think we did not understand with the desperation that they were going to play. If we add to that the losses we had, it is a perfect recipe for what we have just achieved, ”he explained.
And it is that despite the supposed physical problems that Doncic is going through, the Slovenian recovered from a slow start to the game to command the victory of his team. In addition to the 33 points, he was on the verge of a new triple-double with 11 rebounds and 8 assists, being differential in the third period with 10 points that allowed them to open a gap of 22 points (94-72).
“I think we have won this match from the defensive aspect”, admitted Luka Doncic. «We have another. And it’s so much fun. It’s the playoffs, and we’re going to give it our all », he stressed.
The Mavs are playing their first Semifinals in more than a decade, and let’s remember that they are being led by a guy who is only 23 years old. In their previous editions they were not able to beat the Clippers twice, and this coming Sunday on their return to Phoenix they could give a real bell.
«I think Luka (Doncic) is enjoying the moment. You have seen it more closely than I have. He is not afraid of the stage. And I think you guys call him the first time he wins an elimination match. But he’s going to be in this situation for a long, long time,» Jason Kidd noted.
Other highlights in Dallas were a differential Reggie Bullock with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 of 11 triples after going to zero in the last game. Jalen Brunson had 18 points, and backup Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 15.
In the premises DeAndre Ayton was the maximum exponent with 21 points and 11 rebounds. For his part, Devin Booker had 19 points, albeit with 8 turnovers (a season high for him), and his backcourt partner Chris Paul had 13.
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