The avenging Mavericks teach the Sun a lesson!
A month and a half ago, in the first game of the season, the Mavericks lost to the wire in Phoenix after scoring 22 points early! This time, they didn’t budge, and after being down in the first quarter, they hung on until the end and won 130-111 over the Suns.
Josh Green will be the difference maker in the first quarter. After the observation round (11-11), the Australian comes out of the box to take advantage of Donchik’s spawn, and the Mavericks end the quarter with a score of 22-4! Christian Wood takes over as Green continues his festival. The difference between them stabilized around 20 points, and Luka Doncic increased the difference to +26 at the end of the first half (67-41).
After the Suns woke up a bit on offense in the 3rd quarter, the second half will be so one-sided that neither Luka Doncic nor Devin Booker will play from the 4th. Since his arrival, Dallas has picked up 19 points and moved to positive with 12 wins to 11 losses.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
End of Indian sign. If the Mavericks eliminated the Suns during the last playoffs, on the other hand, they were left with a ten-game losing streak during the regular season! The last 22-point lead was traumatized by a wasted layup and a missed buzzer by Luka Doncic.
Devin Booker choked. Playing some of the best basketball of his career, Booker had a very complex evening going 4-under 13 in shooting. Blame it on the constant two-man battle with Dorian Finney-Smith as the Mavericks’ starting point guard. The Mavericks isolated Booker, unable to shoot or serve to his teammates. The absence of a second creator took a toll on the Suns, and to make matters worse, Booker hurt his ankle…
✅Luka Doncic. A match of rare sobriety and still darkens the sheet. He didn’t try to do much, but still finished with 33 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and even 2 blocks. His first quarter is remarkable in terms of getting his team off to a good start.
✅ Josh Green. It is the X factor of the evening. As soon as he enters the game, he makes the difference with his runs, drives and even his 3-point ability. He also created for others. Full game.
✅ Deandre Ayton. By the end of the first quarter, he had single-handedly scored more baskets than all of his teammates combined… He had 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and despite his dominance, his teammates weren’t serving him well. .
⛔Job Wainright. Physically, he is reminiscent of Grant Williams or PJTaker, but has neither the qualities of a defender nor the volume of play. Built in place of Dario Saric, he was often late, especially in defensive withdrawals and assists. It took Monty Williams a long time to realize that he was not the man for the job.
Dallas (12-11) : Back-to-back in Denver to end streak of 7 games in 11 days!
Phoenix (16-8) : To the shock of the leaders, the Celtics host on Wednesday.