NBA news: Luka Doncic was outstanding against the Phoenix Suns for the second game in a row. Read the article for this NBA News.
The matchup issues that plagued the Dallas Mavericks in a 121-114 Game 1 loss were all over the place in Game 2, as the Suns blew open a close game in the fourth quarter to take a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday.
In the second half, the Suns used a 20-point second-half performance from Chris Paul and 21 points from Devin Booker to transform an 11-0 fourth-quarter burst into a 23-2 surge that forced both teams to play with their benches empty for the final four minutes. Dallas led 60-58 at halftime in this contest.
For the second consecutive game, a Mavericks team finished eighth in defensive rating. It was during the regular season let up 120 points or more. Phoenix’s size and agility were too much for Dallas to handle.
As the Suns shot a season-high and franchise playoff-record 64.5 percent from the field. On Wednesday, eleven Suns players tried field goals. They all had a field-goal percentage of 50% or above.
Doncic had 45 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds in Monday’s defeat. He had 35 points, seven assists, and five rebounds while hitting 5-of-10 from 3-point range in Game 2.
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He had to work for it, though. Paul has been named to the All-Defensive Team nine times, while Booker and Mikal Bridges are among the top perimeter defenders in the NBA.
Nothing is simple when you’re up against the Suns’ defense. On Wednesday, it didn’t work out for Dallas. Only two Mavericks players (Reggie Bullock (16 points) and Spencer Dinwiddie (11) scored in double figures. When the Sun’s offense clicks — as it did on Wednesday — it’s a force to be reckoned with. Phoenix appears to be invincible.
Paul scored 28 points, eight assists, and six rebounds in the second half after scoring eight points in the first. While making 11 of 16 field goals. As the Suns blasted the game open in the fourth quarter, he scored 14 of his 28 points.
After scoring nine points in the first half and missing a 3-pointer, Booker exploded late in the game. He had 30 points, four rebounds, and four assists on 11 of 19 shooting from the field and 5 of 8 from beyond the arc. Against an outmatched Dallas defence, the Sun’s backcourt was dialled in.