DALLAS — Luka Doncic scored 26 factors and the Dallas Mavericks took benefit of foul hassle for Chris Paul to beat the Phoenix Suns 111-101 on Sunday, night the Western Convention semifinal sequence at 2-2.
Paul was out of Sport 4 early within the fourth quarter, the interval when he usually dominated the Mavericks throughout an 11-game successful streak that ended with consecutive residence victories for Dallas. Sport 5 is Tuesday night time in Phoenix.
Dorian Finney-Smith scored a playoff career-high 24 factors on essentially the most 3-pointers he’s had, common season or playoffs. He was 8 of 12 from deep, together with consecutive 3s for a 14-point lead halfway by the fourth.
Dallas matched its 20 3s (20 of 44) from a Mom’s Day rout of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011, a win that accomplished on a four-game sweep within the second spherical on the best way to the championship. The Mavericks are taking part in past the primary spherical for the primary time since then.
Devin Booker scored 35 factors for the Suns, who dropped two straight on highway with a 2-0 lead simply as they did in final yr’s NBA Finals. Milwaukee gained the final 4 to take the title. Prime-seeded Phoenix misplaced consecutive video games for the primary time within the playoffs.
Turnovers had been the story with Paul in Dallas’ Sport 3 win, when the 37-year-old had essentially the most in any half for his playoff profession with seven earlier than halftime.
This time it was fouls, and it began when coach Monty Williams put him again within the recreation with three within the ultimate minute of the primary half. Paul picked up his fourth simply earlier than the halftime buzzer when he tried to rebound his personal miss and bumped Doncic.
Simply 2 1/2 minutes into the second half, Williams had no selection however to make use of his problem when Paul stopped and backed into Jalen Brunson as Paul began bringing the ball up the court docket. The fifth foul was upheld on evaluation.
The sixth additionally got here in opposition to Brunson only a minute and a half after Paul had returned within the fourth. Paul completed with 5 factors.
Booker stored the Suns shut into the fourth quarter regardless of lengthy stretched with out his backcourt mate, however Doncic finally wore them down with post-ups and different drives for buckets or assists. He had 11 assists.