3 thoughts from a Dallas Mavericks win over the Phoenix Suns, 130-111
The Dallas Mavericks rolled the Phoenix Suns Monday night in Dallas, winning 130-111. The game was never really in doubt once the Mavericks went on a big run midway through the first quarter. The Suns were able to muster a few short challenges throughout the game, but never trailed more than 15 after the Mavericks’ initial first-quarter surge. There have been times when Dallas has let teams bounce back, including these Suns in the season opener. not tonight They held on for the win.
Luka Doncic led all scorers with 33 points, while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out six assists. Josh Green scored 16 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting. Deandre Ayton led the Suns with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Here are three thoughts on the game:
The Mavericks had a lot of energy all night
The Suns were in the second night of a streak and their third game in four nights. This should be a scheduled win for the Mavericks. This season, however, we’ve seen Dallas struggle to win the games they should. Tonight was different. It was clear from the jump that they had more energy than the Sols and there would be no messing around.
The Mavericks, who were usually running out of steam, ran up and down the court, especially in the first half. They had 11 fast break points in the first half alone. They are averaging 9.8 per game on the season. They slowed things down a bit in the second half, but only in attack. Their defensive intensity remained high, and the Suns’ dead legs contributed to some below-average 3-point shooting. It was nice to see the Mavericks take care of business against a tired team.
Phoenix couldn’t make Dallas pay for their defensive scheme
The Mavericks sent aggressive double teams to Devin Booker most of the game, challenging the other Suns to beat them. They couldn’t, and that forced Booker into inefficient shots. He finished the game with just 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting. Booker attempted just two 3-pointers and was just 1-for-4 at the rim.
With Booker neutralized, the Suns didn’t have anyone else who could give them offense. Ayton scored a ton, but mostly by cleaning up the basket on offensive rebounds or when he had a mismatch with a smaller player in a scramble. The Suns missed Chris Paul with a sore heel.
Despite the victory, the same problems lurk.
The Mavericks won going away, but were still outplayed by a very tired Suns team. The Suns had more assists. And Phoenix owned the paint, outshooting the Mavericks 46-42, a number that looks closer than it really was due to garbage time. Dallas won this game mostly by outscoring the Suns. They were 52 percent from the field overall, compared to 43 percent for the Suns. And they were absolutely flammable from deep, shooting 49 percent on threes. The Suns, on the other hand, shot just 34 percent. The Mavericks need to figure out some of their flaws so they can stop relying on outscoring opponents so often.
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