Game 6 action is going around both the conferences. This may have been the first time in a long while that all the 2nd round matchups have to play Game 6. The Dallas Mavericks welcomed the Phoenix Suns in their territory as they are trailing 2-3 in the series. A win would tie the series leading to Game 7. The Suns would be looking to close the series with one foot already in the Western Conference Finals.
The Dallas Mavericks went with their starting lineup of Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell. The Phoenix Suns started with Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder and Deandre Ayton.
With the opening tip, the Suns started the game as Ayton made the first basket. The mavericks did not shy away from the challenge as they immediately responded with a layup from Jalen Brunson. The Mavericks were playing good basketball as they were putting up defensive efforts and getting steals early on.
Doncic led them on the offensive end as he was doing most of the scoring and playmaking. The Suns defense were up to their task but the Mavericks offense was doing better. On the offensive end, the Suns took their time and made good plays, getting all of their players to touch the ball.
In the 2nd quarter, the Mavericks went with a barrage of 3s as they were making everything from beyonf the arc. Especially Reggie Bullock who was having a good night from beyond the arc. The Suns could not hold out offensively as they were having a difficult time to score the basket. Hence, the Mavericks held the lead at the end of the 1st half with a score of 60-45.
Once the 3rd quarter started, Ayton took on the job of scoring as he took on the paint and was willing to score at every opportunity. But the rest of the Suns players were having a very difficult time. The Mavericks defense was pushed to the perimeter to make it hard for the Suns to score. Even Luka was doing a fine job defending.
The most deciding factor was that the Suns were turning the ball over a lot. On the offense, Doncic and Brunson was carrying the Mavericks. They scored the ball and made the Suns defense seem like nothing. The rest of the players poured in, getting inspired by their plays.
The Mavericks widened the score gap to 22 points and they were having a fine time putting the ball in the basket. Sensing that the game got out of their hands, the Suns starters were benched and so were the Mavericks’. The score gap continued to widen till the final buzzer sounded.
Luka Doncic led both teams in scoring with a double-double of 33 point, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Reggie Bullock supported him with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Jalen Brunson was not much behind as he put up 18 points, a rebound, 2 assists and 3 steals. Spencer Dinwiddie came off the bench and put up 15 points, a rebound, 3 assists and a steal.
Deandre Ayton led the Suns in scoring with a double-double of 21 points, 11 rebounds and an assist. Devin Booker had a horrible outing as he scored 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block. Chris Paul barely scored in the double digits with 13 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Both Booker and Paul were disappointing with the fact that they had 8 and 5 turnovers respectively.
Takeaways from Game 6
The Dallas Mavericks claimed Game 6 with a scoreline of 113-86. They have successfully tied the series at 3-3 and now will be moving on to the deciding Game 7. This is bad news for the Suns because of the way they played the game and also with the amount of turnovers they have committed. They need to go back to the drawing board if they want to win Game 7 else their title hopes are going to go down the drain.