Luka Doncic is only 23 years old and is already considered one of the best players in the world, but he has yet to attend a final, not even a conference, in the NBA. To qualify for the first major league decision of his career, Luca didn’t make it rain inside the Phoenix Suns gym on Sunday night in Arizona. The Dallas Mavericks’ 123-90 win passed the guard’s magic. There were 35 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. By the first half, for comparison, Doncic already had 27 points, the same as the entire Suns team scored in the first two quarters.
Highlights: Dallas Mavericks 123-90 Phoenix Suns, NBA
It was an incredible night in Arizona. Dallas opened ten points in the first quarter. Before the break, he already had 30 applicants. 40 opened in the third quarter. He ended up with a 33 lead. And the amazing thing was that the Mavs did it all in Game 7 of the Western Conference semi-finals after losing the three games in the series they played away against the Suns. A stunning victory over the team with the best record for the 2021-2022 regular season. In fact, the sun didn’t rise for Team Phoenix on Sunday.
Luka Doncic, 77 of the Dallas Mavericks, smiles after making a basket against the Phoenix Suns, in Game 7 of the semifinals in Arizona – Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Elected Coach of the Year, Monty Williams failed to make his stars have their own light in the series’ decision. Chris Paul and Devin Booker have disappeared before the splendor of Luka Doncic, who has only entered his fourth season in NBA after becoming a star at Real Madrid in Spain. On the other hand, coach Jason Kidd managed to salvage his best player during the entire final quarter in order to make his finals debut starting on Wednesday.
Now, Doncic faces Stephen Curry in the conference final. The Dallas Mavericks face the Golden State Warriors to see who will represent West in the NBA Finals. On the other side, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Luka Doncic, of the Dallas Mavericks, shoots in victory over the Phoenix Suns in Arizona – Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Dallas started running in the first quarter. He opened 10 points, then 11, made it to 13, and eventually, followed it with a big advantage on the scoreboard until closing out the first half of play (27 to 17). Luka Doncic scored his first 12 points in the match in the first 12 minutes. In addition, the Slovenian grabbed eight rebounds. On the Phoenix side, almost all the stars came out to zero. Chris Paul, Zero. Deandre Ayton, Zero. Devin Booker only made two. The team was clearly nervous on the field. And so the crowd in Arizona fell silent.
The room was changed but the errors continued on the same side of the field. Dallas’ advantage was extended by 15, 17 and 20 points. To make matters worse, Deandre Ayton made three fouls seconds after hitting three match points, and thus was already off the bench. On the part of the Maves, everything worked out, but not only for Luca. Off the bench, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 20 points in the first half alone. The match went to the end of the first half, with Dallas winning 57-27 by thirty points. Luka Doncic with 27 points, the same as the entire Suns team.
Two minutes and fifteen seconds. That’s the time it took for the Suns to score their first two points in the second half. By that time, Dallas already had 65 on the scoreboard. Wherever the playing field comes in, the guest ball falls. On the other hand, homeowners did not exceed the 25% mark of success in the ballparks of the ballpark. And the incredible happened in Arizona, where Dallas opened the 40-point lead in the third quarter. And of course, at this pace, Luka Doncic reached the double, with 35 points and 10 rebounds, and the guests almost hit 100 points. At the end of the fourth, 92 to 50.
With Doncic on the bench, already resting in the conference finals starting Wednesday, Dinwiddy (28 points), along with Jalen Bronson (22), were able to dominate the latter part of the Dallas classification. Meanwhile, Booker, with 11 points, and Chris Paul, 10, were the Suns’ top scorers. In the end, the deciding match turned out to be just a stroll across the field for the Texas finalists.
Game 1 (05/02) – suns 121 × 114 mavs
Game 2 (05/04) – suns 129 × 109 mavs
Game 3 (05/06) – 103 × 94 suns
Game 4 (05/08) – 111 × 101 sun
Game 5 (10/05) – 110- Ali × 80 mavs
Game 6 (12/05) – 113 × 86 sun
Game 7 (15/05) – Sun 90× 123 mavs
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