Dallas Mavericks bury 20 3-pointers, even series with Phoenix Suns

LUKA Dončić had a double-double, and Dorian Finney-Smith led a 3-point shooting barrage as the host Dallas Mavericks defeated the Phoenix Suns 111-101 on Sunday to even their Western Conference semifinal series at 2-2.

Dončić had 26 points and 11 assists, and Finney-Smith scored 24 points, making 8 of 12 3-pointers as the Mavericks finished 20 of 44 from beyond the arc.

Jalen Brunson scored 18 points, and Davis Bertans had 12, Maxi Kleber 11 and Spencer Dinwiddie 10.

Devin Booker scored 35 points, Jae Crowder had 15, Deandre Ayton added 14 and 11 rebounds, and Cameron Johnson scored 11 to lead the Suns, who made 9 of 25 3-pointers.

Suns guard Chris Paul played just 23 minutes, finishing with five points and seven assists before fouling out with 8:58 left.

Game 5 will be on Tuesday night in Phoenix.

The Mavericks led 87-78 when Paul returned to the game with five fouls and 10:28 remaining. The lead was still eight when he fouled out a minute and a half later.

Mikal Bridges’ basket got Phoenix within six points before Finney-Smith made consecutive 3-pointers to complete an 8-0 run that gave Dallas a 97-83 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Dallas led by seven when Paul went to the bench after committing his fifth foul with 9:32 left in the third quarter.

Shortly after Paul’s departure, the Mavericks scored seven straight points for a 75-63 lead. Booker scored six points to help Phoenix trim the lead to four, but Dallas scored the last five points to push the lead to 87-78 at the end of the quarter. 

Finney-Smith and Bertans each made two 3-pointers as the Mavericks turned a 19-13 lead into a 37-25 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Bertans made consecutive 3-pointers, and Dinwiddie added another as they built a 46-29 lead.

Crowder made back-to-back 3-pointers, and Paul added five points as Phoenix closed within 54-48.

Dončić made seven free throws in the first half for Dallas, which rebuilt the lead to 68-56 at half time. His last two free throws came after Paul committed his fourth foul with one second left. — Reuters

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