During a stoppage at the opening of the second half, NBA Coach of the Year Monty Williams was near to half-court high-fiving his players. He recognised the Phoenix Suns, with Devin Booker scoring with finesse and Deandre Ayton scoring in the paint.
The Phoenix Suns beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-80 on Tuesday night to grab a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semi-finals. Devin Booker had 28 points and Deandre Ayton had 20.
The Sons turned a tough game into a comfortable victory in the third quarter. Phoenix went up 11-4 in the second half, thanks to two 3-pointers by Booker for a 61-50 lead.
Jalen Brunson of the Mavericks had four of them, while Luka Doncic had two. Devin Booker, a Suns All-Star guard, had 12 points, three of which came from beyond the arc, and two steals. Booker tied the game with 28 points from three-point range on 11-of-20 (55 percent) shooting and 3-for-7 shooting (42.9 percent).
The Sons went on a 19-4 run to start the second half, with Booker and Ayton combining for 18-point advantage. By a score of 16-6, Phoenix came in third. Cam Johnson slammed it in for an 82-60 lead for the Sons.
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In the third quarter, the Sun took advantage of 12 Dallas turnovers to score 18 points. After making 17 turnovers in Games 3 and 4 in Dallas, the Maves’ total increased to 55 points.
Miami got 13 points from Victor Oladipo, 12 from Bam Adebayo, and 10 each from Tyler Herro and PJ Tucker. The Heat, who are now leading the East Semifinal Series 3–2, have advanced to an NBA-best 6–0 at home this postseason.
For fourth-seeded Philadelphia, Joel Embiid had 17 points, while James Harden had 14 and Tobias Harris had 12. The 76ers were down 15 points heading into the fourth quarter before scoring 12 points in a row to start the final quarter.