Doncic dominates as Mavs oust Suns in Game 7


PHOENIX — The Western Conference Finals will have a surprise entrant after Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks knocked the top-seeded Phoenix Suns out of the NBA playoffs in completely dominant fashion.

The Mavericks claimed the right to advance to face the Golden State Warriors rolling to a 123-90 rout of the Suns in Game 7 on Sunday.

After falling to an 0-2 hole with a pair of road losses, Dallas won four of five games, putting the finishing touches to the series by humbling the Phoenix home court. The Footprint Center crowd booed the Suns at the halftime buzzer — when the 30-point deficit was the biggest ever halfway through a Game 7, according to ESPN Stats & Information research — and frequently in the second. period.

Doncic, the 23-year-old Mavericks sensation, clinched his ticket to the Conference Finals for the first time with a performance of 35 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes. He missed the entire fourth quarter, as the game was well in hand at that point.

“It’s Luka,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said. “He loves the stage. As it grows, he gets better.”

Doncic took control of the opening possession, when he swept away a turnover jumper that gave Dallas the lead for good. He finished the first half with 27 points, tying Phoenix’s total, and became the first player in at least 25 seasons to tie or beat an opponent’s score in a half of a playoff game.

Dallas sixth man Spencer Dinwiddie was nearly as spectacular, scoring 21 of his career playoff-high 30 points in the first half. It was the first time a pair of teammates had each scored at least 20 points in a Game 7 half since the New York Knicks tandem of Patrick Ewing and Allan Houston did so against the Miami Heat in 1997.

Meanwhile, the Suns’ star line of Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton combined to shoot just one of 15 from the floor in the first half.

Paul, the 37-year-old legend who was hoping to finally earn a championship ring after failing in his first NBA Finals appearance last season, didn’t get a bucket until the Suns trailed by 40 points. midway through the third quarter. Booker’s first field goal didn’t come until later in the quarter.


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