Devin Booker and the Suns respond by dropping the Mavericks

The Suns imitated last night’s Heat by winning for the third time in a row in their room, in a very reliable way. Monty Williams’ players made the difference after the break, before continuing until the end of the match. To survive, Dallas will have no choice but to win Game 6 in Texas Thursday night.

Since the start of this series, the home team has had the best start ever, before winning at the end. This 5 game was an exception to that rule as Dallas got off to a strong start thanks to Dorian Finney Smith’s 3-point skill and Luka Doncic-Jalen Bronson duo, both determined to target Chris in the Paul defense, pushing him to the post. many times. A distance duel between the Slovenian and Devin Booker, very skilled in the middle of the distance, was decided, but Maxi Kleber with three points was the one who made the first difference in the match in favor of Texas (16-24).

In contrast, the Suns were in more trouble behind the arc, like a streak that finished three times on the same possession, but still clung to the score. Including when Davis Bertans made a nice new entry into play, particularly with a 3+1 action after “catching and shooting” (30-37). Under the impetus of Devin Booker (16 points at the break), the Suns were able to regain a tight lead at the end of the first half (49-46) as Mavs Luka Doncic (18 points and 7 rebounds) only hit 40% versus 48% for their opponents.

This data could have “excited” Jason Kidd if his team hadn’t exploded after the break. Overshadowed by defensive intensity posted by locals, and a very large Deandre Ayton below, the Texans conceded a terrible 17-0 at five minutes (68-50). Everything suddenly became difficult in attack for the visitors who, after a new award-winning basket from Devin Booker, found themselves behind… by 24 points (78-54).

It took several exploits for Galen Bronson’s circuit to maintain what semblance of hope in Texas. Not enough, though, because Chris Paul finally caused a much-needed offensive foul in front of Luka Doncic, then imitated “CP3” Landry Schamet by hitting him with three points (95-73).

Four minutes into the end, Jason Kidd decided to empty the bench setting the stage for “garbage time” that Tori Craig used Ghost Shams to exacerbate the gap. The end of the match was marked by some squabbles, especially between Marquis Cris and Bismack Piombo.

What to remember

The huge sun line after the break. Monty Williams said it during a hiatus during this ‘running’: The Suns have probably deployed their strongest defense since the start of this series. The 14 points ceded in the third quarter, and the 80 points at the end, won’t prove otherwise. Phoenix relied on that intensity to go 17-0 in five minutes and turn the game over. After an objection from Mikal Bridges, Devin Booker, for example, sanctioned 3 pointers in the transition. Meanwhile, Deandre Ayton grabbed several offensive rebounds before returning them. The Mavs didn’t know how to contain them or respond due to opposing pressure.

Monty Williams reviews his courses. In addition to sending Bismack Biyombo (very active below) in front of JaVale McGee, the Suns coach decided to lay off Cameron Payne for blowing up Chris Paul. The latter had no major problems, and was replaced in the lead by Devin Booker and Andre Schmitt, brilliantly at the end of the third quarter. Cameron Payne, finally sent for “Trash Time,” pays for his very mediocre performance in the series: barely 4 points on average with just 33% success.

“Record” in scrolling for Mavs. The Texans have never produced fewer than ten assists this season, until tonight’s game with just nine assists. It was even the first since… November 2016. With only two balls dealt, Luka Doncic also recorded his lowest total this year. In the break, the Mavs had only six passes, but he scored good trading streaks. This observation was much less true after passing into the locker room as Dallas returned to a stereotypical game. Their tally contrasts with 28 assists made, including 10 for Chris Paul alone.

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Devin Booker and Dendry Eaton. While Chris Paul signed on to the manager’s match without shining in the “scoring”, the other two captains included both attacks. According to his reputation, the former started his game very strongly and then continued to score regularly for the next two quarters. Instead, the hub made the difference in the third quarter, at the heart of the Sun’s big “race.”

Michael Bridges. His ability to cut through traffic lines, especially from Luka Doncic, still hurt the Mavs quite a bit. For example, he stole a ball before starting to counterattack to serve as the Joker of the Suns seat, Cam Johnson, in the “alley-oop” at the end of the third quarter. With this release, Mikal Bridges advances after his 4 game failure.

Mavs shooters. Having started strong in the momentum of his Fireworks 4 game, Dorian Finney-Smith is back in the ranks. Neither Reggie Bullock nor Maxi Clipper found the target from far away. As for the very productive Spencer Dinwiddy at the start of the playoffs against the Jazz, he is absent. Tonight, he honestly signed his worst game since arriving in Dallas. Only Davis Bertans sent the address.

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Game 6: In Dallas, the night of Thursday, May 12 through Friday, May 13.

suns / 110 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
J Crowder 27 1/6 1/5 0/0 1 4 5 2 6 0 0 0 +1 3 5
Mr. Bridges 34 6/13 2/5 0/0 1 6 7 1 2 4 0 0 +23 14 19
d Eaton 22 9/13 0/0 2/2 3 6 9 2 3 0 1 0 +11 20 26
bad. pee 35 3/8 1/3 0/0 0 2 2 10 2 1 4 0 +7 7 11
Dr Booker 35 11/20 3/7 3/4 1 6 7 2 3 2 2 0 +25 28 27
I am Wainwright 7 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 +10 0 2
T Craig 4 2/3 2/2 0/0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 +11 6 8
Jim Johnson 25 5/8 1/4 3/4 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 +15 14 14
J. McGee 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 +1 0 0
B Beombo 21 3/5 0/0 1/4 2 4 6 1 1 0 1 0 +20 7 8
Sea Pain 4 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 +11 0 0
Holiday 4 1/3 1/1 0/0 2 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 +11 3 6
El Chamet 19 2/5 1/3 3/4 0 3 3 4 1 1 0 0 +4 8 12
sum 43/87 12/32 12/16 12 38 50 28 23 10 12 2 110
Mavericks / 80 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
Dr.. Vinnie Smith 37 2/6 2/5 2/2 2 1 3 2 2 0 2 0 -16 8 7
R. Bullock 35 0/5 0/3 0/0 1 3 4 1 1 2 1 0 -19 0 1
Dr. Powell 8 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 -4 0 1
J Bronson 35 9/17 0/1 3/6 0 7 7 2 3 1 4 0 -12 21 16
Lam Doncic 35 10/23 2/8 6/7 1 10 11 2 3 3 4 0 -17 28 26
Mr. Clipper 24 1/5 1/4 1/2 1 5 6 0 4 0 2 0 -22 4 3
D. Bertans 19 3/4 3/4 1/1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 +1 10 11
S Brown 5 0/1 0/1 0/2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -11 0 -2
Mr. Kris 5 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 -11 2 4
T Burke 5 0/2 0/1 2/2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -11 2 0
S. Dinwiddie 16 0/3 0/2 2/2 0 1 1 1 2 0 3 0 -6 2 -2
F. Ntilikina 13 1/4 0/3 1/1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 -11 3 1
c. green 5 0/0 0/0 0/2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -11 0 -1
sum 27/71 8/32 18/27 6 32 38 9 21 7 16 0 80

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