Dallas star Luka Doncic was in the lead with 35 points and 10 rebounds as he was able to sit out in the fourth quarter.
PHOENIX – It was no surprise when Luka Doncic looked ready for the 7th game, calmly spending his first three shots to bring the Dallas Mavericks ahead of schedule.
The stunning result came within the next two hours: the Phoenix Suns, who took first place, had no answer.
Doncic scored 35 points, Spencer Dinwidi added 30, and Maurice defeated the Suns 123-90 by knockout on Sunday night, reaching the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2011.
“A lot of people said it was going to be a blast,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said with a smile. “They were right.”
Of course, Dallas was not supposed to win on Sunday. The hosts won the first six games of the series, but the Mouse broke through, dominating the hostile environment from start to finish. Conversely, it was an awkward absenteeism for the Suns ’proven playoffs – which reached the NBA Finals last season with a very similar lineup.
“We’ve been playing all season to find ourselves in that situation,” said Sun guard Chris Paul. “We didn’t make it.”
The Mavericks, seeded fourth, are set to meet Golden State in Game 1 on Wednesday.
“I can’t get that smile off my face,” Doncic said. “I’m just very happy. Honestly, I think we deserved it. “
Doncic earned the Mouse early ahead by making the first three shots, including two 3-pointers. This helped Dallas gain a 27-17 advantage in the first quarter and a colossal cushion of 57-27 at the break.
Doncic and Dinwidi, who came off the bench, together scored 48 of Mavericks’ 57 points. Doncic’s 27 points in the first half coincide with the total of the “Suns”.
Game 7 drama? Not in the desert.
“It’s still shocking,” Dinwidi said.
Simply put, the Suns looked overwhelmed by the pressure in the 7th game. They missed shots that usually do, made bad passes that don’t usually do, and were not at all like the team that won the NBA’s 64 best games of the regular season.
“This group has a lot of character and integrity and I know how much they wanted that,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “We just couldn’t perform tonight. Couldn’t make a hit before, it was a bit enticing with us and Dallas played from start to finish. ”
Before the break, many Suns fans whistled at the unattractive show.
The series could have been close, but the individual games weren’t usually there. Three of the first six games were resolved by at least 20 points, and none of the games reached final possession.
Game 7 was held according to a similar scheme, except that all the damage was caused by the road team. “Mouse” was in the lead with an advantage of 46 points.
Doncic was fantastic, making punches from all over the floor and finishing 12 of 19 off the field, including 6 of 11 on 3s. He also got some help: Dinwidi was excellent in the first half with 21 points when shooting 7 out of 10, including 4 out of 5 from a 3-point distance.
They became the eighth pair of teammates to score 30 points in Game 7, the first since Shaquille O’Neill and Kobe Bryant in 2002.
Meanwhile, the backspace of Phoenix stars Paul and Devin Booker has never been a factor. The 37-year-old Paul is a 12-time all-star player who has done almost everything possible in the game, except to win the championship.
After this failure, one may wonder if there will be many more opportunities. Booker scored 11 points and scored 3 of 14. Paul had 10 points and four assists. Suns hit only 37.9% of the field.
“You saw that some pressure on them was early,” Kidd said. “They missed some of the shots they usually do.”
Dallas won the odds: after the Celtics defeated the Bucks earlier Sunday, in the 7th game of the NBA the hosts got the score 110-33 (77%).
This is the second year in a row that the Suns will lose a series of playoffs after leading 2-0. They won the first two games against the Bucks in the NBA Finals last season before losing four games in a row.