Mavericks vs Suns: A Rough Start for Dallas

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In the first seeding game in the bubble the Mavericks lost to the Houston Rockets in a very high scoring game which ended up going to overtime. After the loss to the Rockets the Mavericks record moved to 40-28. 

The second seeding game for Dallas was against the Phoenix Suns, who were the worst team in the western conference to qualify for the restart coming into the game. In the Suns first game they beat the Washington Wizards, the worst team to qualify in the east, 125 to 112. Phoenix is in need of a lot of wins to help them qualify for the playoffs.

First Quarter

Phoenix started the game off on the front foot with a 10-5 lead but Dallas quickly evened the game up and for the first half of the quarter the game was very close. Thanks to Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic Dallas took a 10 point lead. At the end of the first Dallas had a 35-23 lead. Doncic and Porzingis both had 11 point quarters in the nine minutes of action. 

Second Quarter

The Suns immediately started chipping away at the Dallas lead in the beginning of the quarter and had cut the lead in half with eight and a half minutes left in the second. The Phoenix run ended right after with Dallas taking a 10 point lead with eight minutes to play in the quarter. Dallas kept a 10 point lead for a lot of the quarter and at the end had a 73-60 lead. Dallas and Phoenix both had over 35 points in the second. At Halftime Doncic lead Dallas with 23 points while Devin Booker lead the Suns with 19 points.

Third Quarter

Early in the quarter both Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker were both in foul trouble. With both players having five fouls with seven minutes to go in the quarter. Coming out of a timeout the Suns bench went on a run and tied the game with five minutes left in the quarter with the help of some three point shots and some nice passing from Ricky Rubio. The Suns took their first lead since early in the first quarter with four and a half minutes to go in the third. After a pair of threes from Cameron Payne the Suns took a six point lead in the final minute of the quarter. In the quarter Phoenix held Dallas to 19 points while scoring 36. Phoenix played most of the third quarter without their star players Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton. Heading into the fourth Phoenix had a 96-92 lead

Fourth Quarter

With a little over 10 minutes of sitting on the bench Phoenix rolled the dice and put in Booker with eight minutes to play to try a keep the Suns lead. In the first half of the quarter Dallas tried to regain their lead but were having a very hard time making shots. Halfway through the quarter  Dallas were down by seven points. Dallas made it a one possession game with a few minutes left in the quarter. Devin Booker fouled out with a little over a minute to go in the game. Luka Doncic made it a two point game with 30 second left, on the Suns possession the Mavericks got a very much needed stop. 

The Mavs had the opportunity to make a two and tie the game but instead Kristaps Porzingis took a three and missed. The ball deflected out of bounds with 3.3 seconds remaining and the call on the court was Suns ball. After reviewing the play it was overturned to Dallas ball. The Mavericks Inbounding the ball to Tim Hardaway Jr. but he front rimmed a three point shot which ended the game. After another close finish the Mavericks record in the restart moved to 0-2 after losing 117-115 to the Phoenix Suns. 

Stats

Luka Doncic was the top scorer for Dallas with 40 points, he also had 11 assists and eight rebounds. For Phoenix Devin Booker scored 30 points, which lead the scoring for Phoenix. Kristaps Porzingis also had a pretty good game with 30 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.  Seth Curry also had a solid game scoring 16 points and going three of six from three point range. Cameron Johnson was a main factor in the upset win for Phoenix scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. 

What’s Next?

After losing for the second straight game and the Houston Rockets beating the Bucks the Mavericks are now behind the Thunder for the sixth seed in the west three games. Next up for Dallas are the Sacramento Kings who have also lost both of their games so far. That game will be at 2:30pm EST on Tuesday.

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