The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns in the seventh and deciding game of the West Semifinals (90–123) with an exhibition by the Slovenian.
At halftime, against the best team in the NBA Regular League, the Phoenix Suns, and in game seven of the Western Conference semifinals, Luka Doncic Smile already in only two quarters he had scored 27 points and that wasn’t the most important thing: Sun, all Suns also had 27 points then and had two benchmarks, Devin Booker You Chris PaulHe had not even scored a field goal yet. Doncic’s offensive performance and his Dallas Mavericks’ defensive work was sentenced to a tie (27–57), with half a seventh game still to play (90–123 in the end).
A hysterical night. Doncic’s big day in the NBA: He’s already in his first conference final, with the Golden State Warriors ahead.
There were other days for the Slovenian with better numbers—he finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists as he didn’t need to play the final quarter—but none with that much weight. Already advanced as one of the best players in the NBA, Doncic showed he was one of the most decisive in the playoffs, which is even tougher. He did everything to undo Sun and besides, he did it with the company. was with them in the attack Spencer Dinwiddie -30 points-, one of the players who notably advanced in this playoff. In fact, it had been twenty years since two teammates scored over thirty points in the seventh playoff game. Kobe Bryant You Shaquille O’neal He teamed up with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002.
In the second half, when the Sun had already gone into a tailspin, there were times when it looked like the lead would never stop rising. With a triple by Julen Brunson, the lead reached 35 points (27–62), then a kill by Dwight Powell increased it to 40 (32–72), thus maxing out at 46 points in the third quarter.
The last few minutes were a funeral for Sun, with Paul and Booker sitting on the bench, and a party for the Mavericks, in which Doncic was able to please his teammates by managing energy and completing his homework.
At the end of the duel, Doncic embraced heartily. Dirk Nowitzki, the man from whom he picked up the legacy four years ago, honored him with a showcase for the history of the franchise. In fact, the Mavericks last reached the Western Conference Finals in 2011, with Nowitzki leading and Jason KiddoCurrent coach, as a point defender.
“Seeing Dirk gave us a lot of confidence. When you see Dirk at the bottom of the field, even in seats away from home, it gives you a lot of confidence. You know, Dirk is Dirk. We Everyone appreciates that he was here,” Doncic admitted at a news conference. With the Phoenix end of the game and already set their sights on the Warriors. The California team has brought back its best players and added one more star to its squad, Jordan Poole, but the Memphis Grizzlies have already shown they have cracks. Luka Doncic can dream of a ring. Until Thursday you can continue to make history in the NBA.
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