The Western Conference semifinals between the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns have now become a best-of-three series after host Mavs took care of the top seed 111-101 on Sunday. Luka Doncic had a team-high 26 points in the win but struggled from the field (9 of 25, 1 of 10 from three-point range) but added 11 assists, seven rebounds and four steals in the balanced game. effort.
Dorian Finney-Smith broke in for 24 points — 8 of 12 from range — to help the cause, and also contributed to a team-high eight rebounds. In the loss, Devin Booker had a game-best 35 points, but missed backcourt mate Chris Paul for periods of the second half as the future Hall of Famer faced fouls all day.
Paul ended up finishing with just five points on four field goal attempts and fouled out early in the fourth quarter.