Suns – Mavericks: Luka Doncic’s big number (45 points) wasn’t enough

Winning the first game of the series is now a routine for the Suns. For the sixth straight time, including their playoff campaign last year, the Arizona players got the best start to a streak by firing the Mavs without much difficulty. The latter, despite the limited gap at the end, was driven throughout the match and seemed unable to make a difference.

The Suns were the first to attack their opponents. The recipe is well known: strongly advocate the rotation of the transition. This is what Devin Booker and his family put in a 15-point lead after seven minutes of play (22-7). Already plagued by bad character fears, the Mavs began by responding with the title The Long Distance. One man in particular stood out when he entered the game: Maxi Clipper. Thanks to manager Luka Doncic and him, the Texans got a small raise (35-25).

We quickly realized that Dallas was less concerned about scoring than defending. The danger really came from everywhere in the lead. Chris Paul was satisfied with the spin as Deandre Ayton dominated inside while Jae Crowder or Cameron Payne found colors in attack compared to the first lap. However, The Suns remained unanswered against Luka Doncic Festival who always found a way to infiltrate the circuit. The Slovenian already has…26 points in the first half but his team, with nearly 70 points, stayed behind (69-56).

A less festive second half started off offensively with the same problems the Mavs had, and they still struggled to hold back the ball much better. With Luka Doncic less inspired, the Texans relied on their outside address to stay in touch but the Phoenix defense raised their tone, like this counter from Michal Bridges on a long effort from Reggie Bullock in the corner or a 24-second violation was obtained.

The locals thus presented themselves with a comfortable lead after three quarters (96-79). That gap was preserved in the following minutes, and was particularly marked by JaVale McGee’s interception in front of Luka Doncic before going “coast to coast”. However, the Suns were guilty of complacency in the last moments as visitors continued to play until the end to return to their properties. Ultimate return without consequences for the end result.

What to remember

sun start gun. A classic Chris Paul jump in his garden, an alley from Devin Poker toward Michael Bridges, then a left touch from the same Poker still in transition: Phoenix went 6-0 after just a few seconds in play. This 6-0 switched to 18-6, and then to 22-7 after seven minutes of play. A hot start, with great defensive strength and speed in attack, is the hallmark of many matches. Barring that, that opening gap, about ten points, will be maintained for almost the entire game. This meant whether these first minutes had allowed Phoenix to set the tone for the future.

Relax in the last minutes. That sense of mastery shown in the Suns’ three-quarter match, was called into question at the end of the match. While Jalen Bronson and Spencer Dinwiddie found some semblance of the title and Luka Doncic increased his share of points, the Suns’ attack was halted. On the same possession, however marked by two offensive rebounds, Chris Paul and then Devin Booker fouled the goal with three points by opening. Below, Deandre Ayton has missed four times. Thus, the Sun, who had a long success of 60%, including 50% from afar, lowered their proportions. But without really freaking out in the last seconds because Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges ensured a perfect evening for their team in free throws.

tops/swings

Dender Eaton. Despite his failures in the last quarter, the pivot signed an impressive match by dominating Dwight Powell. He took advantage of the lack of protection in the opponent’s circle to score as he wanted. We note his good deal with Devin Booker who sent him several times to “alley-oop” by cornering the Mavs’ defense.

Cam Johnson. We could have mentioned the majority of the five players from the Sun but the Sixth Player of the Year Cup finalist was also an important contributor. Confident of his outside shot, he signed his best match to date in these playoffs.

Luka Doncic. A phenomenal performance from the Slovenian who, after the first half of the shooting (26 points), had to slow down in the third quarter before starting again when we thought the match was over. He came close to a hat-trick but hit five loose balls, including several passes where his teammates didn’t follow his idea which ended up in the stands.

maxi clipper. 3/3 of his three-pointers in the first quarter gave his team a huge boost. The German, who is also a top counter author on Landry Shamet, scored his five award-winning baskets shortly after entering play before out for the rest of the match.

Galen Bronson and Spencer Dinwiddy. 21 points on 9/24 cumulative shots…and again, without the final moments, this ratio was a lot worse. The two offensive lieutenants passed by Luka Doncic. We don’t know if the former was bothered by his official response by Devin Booker (technical foul sanctioned for room) at the start of the match but he missed a set of finishing touches near the circle. His teammate, coming from the bench, was less daring in attack.

the condition

51-0. Last night, the Suns fed an impressive home stat: they’ve never lost this season when they advanced past three quarters, or 51 wins (including playoffs). They are clearly the best team in the league in this region. The record belongs to the Lakers with 60 consecutive games.

the following

Game 2: In Phoenix, the night of Wednesday, May 4 through Thursday, May 5, at 4:00.

suns / 121 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
J Crowder 28 4/6 3/5 0/0 2 6 8 3 5 0 3 1 -2 11 18
Mr. Bridges 42 4/9 1/3 4/4 3 4 7 4 5 1 0 2 +7 13 22
d Eaton 33 12/20 0/0 1/1 3 5 8 0 1 0 0 1 +10 25 26
bad. pee 29 7/13 2/5 3/3 0 5 5 3 3 1 1 1 +14 19 22
Dr Booker 38 7/20 1/5 8/8 3 6 9 8 1 0 1 1 +6 23 27
T Craig 3 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 -2 0 -1
Jim Johnson 24 6/10 3/6 2/2 1 4 5 1 3 0 2 0 +8 17 17
J. McGee 14 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 2 3 2 2 1 0 0 -2 4 9
Sea Pain 19 4/8 1/3 0/0 0 3 3 5 0 0 1 0 -7 9 12
El Chamet 9 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 +3 0 2
sum 46/91 11/28 18/18 13 38 51 27 21 3 9 6 121
Mavericks / 114 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
Dr.. Vinnie Smith 40 5/10 2/6 3/4 3 3 6 0 3 1 1 0 -5 15th 15th
R. Bullock 33 2/7 2/7 1/1 0 6 6 0 6 1 1 0 -11 7 8
Dr.. Powell 16 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 -10 4 4
J Bronson 31 6/16 0/1 1/1 2 2 4 3 4 1 1 0 -7 13 10
Lam Doncic 44 15/30 11/4 11/14 2 10 12 8 1 0 5 1 -4 45 43
Mr. Clipper 25 6/9 5/8 2/5 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 -16 19 15th
D. Bertans 8 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 +4 3 4
S. Dinwiddie 30 3/8 2/4 0/0 0 3 3 4 2 2 0 0 +2 8 12
F. Ntilikina 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 +1 0 1
c. green 10 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 +11 0 2
sum 40/85 16/39 18/25 7 29 36 16 22 6 8 2 114

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