The Mavericks Poured Down On The Suns To Tie The Series

The Mavericks Poured Down On The Suns To Tie The Series

The round 2 of the playoffs are yet to see a clear victor come out. When it feels like the momentum of the game to be leaning on one side that is when the other team sneaks up to bag a win. The matchup between the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks are on that point. The Suns are looking to extend the lead after the Mavericks claimed Game 3 and put the series out of their opponent’s reach. Having homecourt advantage, the Mavericks want to make the most by tying the series.

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.

Game Summary

With the opening tip, the Suns opened their scoring with a 3-pointer from Devin Booker. The Mavericks responded with a 3 of their own. They went back and forth early on. Devin Booker went on the attack for the Suns as he attacked the rim aggressively and drew a lot of fouls. But the Mavericks have been successful in containing Deandre Ayton early on and did not let him attack as he did in the rest of the games.

On the offensive end, the Mavericks shot a flurry of 3s in the 1st quarter. They made a combined 8 threes which resulted in them having a good lead. Finney-Smith was at helm of it putting up 3 threes for the team. Doncic was also riding the waves of 3s and creating ruckus in the Suns defense.

They continued pouring down from beyond the arc in the 2nd quarter as well. The Suns were unable to defense the perimeter which caused the score gap to widen. However, they kept their offense stable in the 2nd quarter to stop the Mavericks from pulling ahead. The Mavericks secured the lead in the end of the 1st half with a score of 68-56.

Once the 2nd half started, the Suns pushed their defense to the perimeter. Although that would leave the interior open but they had to gamble in order to stop the Mavericks from wrecking havoc in the perimeter. That somewhat paid off as the Mavericks started missing. On the offensive end, Devin Booker scored some points but the Mavericks weren’t slacking on the defensive end either. The 3rd quarter turned out to be physical as the battle shifted towards the interior.

The Mavericks still held the lead entering into the 4th quarter. The Suns tried to attack the offensive end but they could not get themselves going at all from the perimeter. They were missing shots which they usually made. On top of that Chris Paul got sent off for committing 6 fouls early in the 4th quarter. The Mavericks kept the lead and they scored in response to the Suns attack till the end of the 4th quarter.

Box Score

Luka Doncic led the Mavericks in scoring with a double-double of 26 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Dorian Finney-Smith supported him with 24 points, 8 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Jalen Brunson contributed with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Devin Booker led both teams in scoring with 35 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and a block. Jae Crowder was the next highest scorer in the Suns with 15 points, 6 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block. Deandre Ayton had a subpar game with a double-double of 14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks.

Takeaways from Game 4

The Dallas Mavericks bagged Game 4 with a scoreline of 111-101. They have now tied series 2-2 before heading to the Suns’ arena for Game 5. The Suns needed the win to stay ahead but now that both are at a standstill, the Suns will be looking to get the series over by the next 2 games. The Mavericks are on the same boat as well on this.

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