Deandre Ayton scored a team-high 25 factors and the Phoenix Suns dominated the visiting Dallas Mavericks on the boards en path to a 121-114 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal sequence Monday evening.
Devin Booker contributed 23 factors to a balanced assault, with 9 rebounds and eight assists. Chris Paul had 19 factors, Cam Johnson 17, Mikal Bridges 13 and Jae Crowder 11 because the top-seeded Suns held serve in a best-of-seven that continues Wednesday in Phoenix.
— NBA (@NBA) May 3, 2022
Luka Doncic completed with 45 factors — one shy of his postseason career-high — for the Mavericks, who have been outrebounded 51-36 and misplaced regardless of outscoring the host 48-33 on 3-pointers.
Coming off a hard-fought win over the New Orleans Pelicans in six video games, the Suns wasted no time gaining the higher hand on the fourth-seeded Mavericks, scoring the sport’s first 9 factors. Crowder contributed a 3-pointer to cap the run.
Phoenix went on to steer by as many as 15 later within the first quarter, 18 within the third interval and 106-85 on a dunk by JaVale McGee with 8:48 remaining earlier than coasting dwelling.
We’ll ask once more… how, Chris?? pic.twitter.com/izsFYfck46
— NBA (@NBA) May 3, 2022
With Ayton hitting 12 of his 20 pictures, the Suns outshot the Mavericks 50.5 % to 47.1 %. Phoenix led the NBA with a 52.3 % capturing proportion within the first spherical, whereas Dallas allowed simply 44.3 % capturing, third-best within the league, in its opening-round win over the Utah Jazz.
The Suns additionally helped themselves with 13 offensive rebounds and an ideal (18-for-18) on the free throw line, with Booker going 8-for-8.
Ayton picked up proper the place he left off within the first spherical, when he had 4 20-plus-point video games, with a excessive of 28. He and Crowder every had eight rebounds.
Doncic was the sport’s main rebounder with 12, finishing his ninth double-double in 17 playoff video games. He missed a fourth profession postseason triple-double by two assists.
His 45 factors gave him six 40-point playoff video games. His postseason career-high of 46 got here final yr in Game 7 of Dallas’ opening-round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Maxi Kleber chipped in with 19 factors for Dallas, which additionally misplaced Game 1 within the Utah sequence earlier than rallying to take 4 of the following 5. Dorian Finney-Smith added 15 factors and Jalen Brunson 13.
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