PHOENIX – – Phoenix sunflowers with high quality seeds look like old Tuesday nights.
All-Star goalkeeper Devin Booker said shortly before TV and NBA Coach of the Year Monty Williams did amazing things.
“We study film,” Booker said. “The coach comes up with the changes, we make them and we follow them.”
Booker scored 28 points, Deandre Ayton added 20 and Sun went off for a lopsided 110-80 victory over the Dallas Mavericks to get a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
The Sun is back after leaving the last two games and could win the series 6 games on Thursday in Dallas. It will not be easy: The home team has won the first five games.
The Suns used the third big period to turn the game around to make it a success. Phoenix opened the scoring in the 11-4 run, shown by Booker two 3-pointers, for a 61-50 lead.
The Mavs coach, Jason Kidd, called for time, but it did not really help to stop the attack. Sun led 82-60 to fourth and Booker poured 12 points for the third.
When the Sun found a bad continuation, the Mavs lost theirs, recording only four points in the first six minutes of the third. At times, the Dallas offense was once again watching Luke Doncic try to practice magic, but he could not do it alone.
The Mavs had 12 converts in the third round.
“Self-defense tonight – that’s the backbone of our program,” said Williams, who was announced as Coach of the Year on Monday.
Doncic finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds, but admitted that the error sometimes diminished. Jalen Brunson added 21 points. The Mavs just fired 38% off the field.
“One of the things we didn’t do well today was our speed,” Doncic said. “In the last two games, our pace was really good. I think he is one of the best defensive teams, if not the best, in the NBA. He caught us at 80. It’s so amazing. We need to move the ball and move smoothly – fast. “
The Suns struggled 49-46 forward to a halt. Booker scored 16 points in a 7-of-11 shot from the field. Doncic struggled with 18 points, though it was less than 7 shots out of 16.
The Mavericks led most of the first half before the first jam Booker built on 40-all and 3:47 before half. Mikal Bridges stole slowly and then scored in the fast-moving half to lead 44-42.
Booker now has 804 points in 30 playoff games.
The 25-year-old is one of 18 players in NBA history with at least 800 points in his first 30 games.
He has teamed up with Anthony Davis, Donovan Mitchell, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter and Allen Iverson, who have done this since 2000.
ROME PLAYED GAMES
Bismack Biyombo of Phoenix and Dallas Marquese Chriss were both released in the final seconds after the interview. TV cameras showed security officials entering the street to make sure the players did not meet when they left the stadium.
Biyombo played 21 strong minutes for the Suns, adding seven points and six rebounds. Chriss – dated No. 8 all with the Suns in 2016 and spent two seasons with the permit – they had two points and two rebounds.
Suns point guard Chris Paul arrived on the scene wearing a shirt with a picture of Phoenix Mercury Brittney Griner on the front and her name on the back.
Griner – a seven-time WNBA All-Star – was arrested in Russia on Feb. 17 after authorities at the Moscow airport said they had found vape cartridges allegedly containing oil made from marijuana in his bag, which could land him in prison for 10 years. The trial is set to begin on May 19.
WNBA and US officials have worked to secure Griner’s release, but nothing has been done with the Russian government.
“This is not just an NBA or WNBA thing, I think everyone just wants a home,” said Paul.
Mavericks: Doncic scored his first 3-point attempt in Game 5 after a 1-of-10 performance from a long run in Game 4. F Booker in the third installment.
Sun: F Torrey Craig (right elbow) was present to play. … Ayton was called up for misconduct in the first game. He missed most of the first half after picking up two quick errors. … Williams left the reins of G Cameron Payne’s replacement after a two-game suspension in Dallas. … The Suns hosted a group of people who traded in 32 games in a row.