The Suns attacked the Mavs in Game 5 and moved an inch closer to the West Finals.


Devin Booker scored 28 points, DeAndre Ayton scored 20 points, and the Phoenix Suns defeated the Dallas Mavericks 110-80 on Tuesday night, leading 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinals.

The Suns used a huge third quarter to turn a tight match into a comfortable win. Phoenix started the second half at 11-4, highlighted by Booker’s two 3-pointers for a 61-50 lead.

Mavs coach Jason Kidd called for a time-out but was unable to stop the attack. The Suns led 82-60 and Booker poured 12 points in the third inning.

While the Suns finally found continuity on the offensive, the Mavs were completely defeated, scoring just four points in 1:06. Occasionally Dallas’ attacks mostly revolved around watching Luka Dončić try his magic, but he couldn’t do it all alone.

Mavs posted 12 turnovers in the third quarter.

The top-seeded Suns have rebounded after conceding the previous two games and could win the series in Game 6 in Dallas on Thursday.

Doncic finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Jalen Brunson added 21 points. Mavs only shot 38% of the field.

The Suns led the tough fight 49-46 into halftime. Booker scored 16 points on 7-11 shooting on the field. Dončić counterattacked with 18 points, but was somewhat less effective after successful 7 of 16.

The Mavericks led most of the first half before Booker’s baseline jam leveled a 40 RBI with 3:47 in the first half. Mikal Bridges took a 44-42 lead by attempting a nice steal and then scoring from a quick layup.

Associated Press reports.


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