Mavericks vs. Suns score, fast points: Dallas bombs away, Suns flop, Chris Paul misses in Game 4

After losing two games on the road, the Dallas Mavericks tied the Phoenix Suns in the second round with a 111-101 victory on Sunday. The Mavs were incendiary to start Game 4, shooting 8-for-13 from the depths of the first quarter, and topping up to 17 points before the break.

Luka Doncic hit 1 for only 10 from deep, but finished the game with 26 points, seven rebounds, 11 assists and four possessions in 37 minutes. Dallas forward Dorian Vinnie Smith scored 8 to 12 from a 3-point range, scoring 24 points. Reserves Spencer Dinwiddy, Maxi Clipper and Davis Bertans scored a total of 33 points and shot 7 against 13 from deep.

Chris Paul followed up his uncharacteristically dirty 3 game, in which he turned the ball seven times, with another strange performance. This time, it was undone due to bugs. Paul picked up his fourth foul near the end of the first half, and his fifth with 9:32 left in the third and sixth quarter with about nine minutes left in the fourth. He scored only 23 minutes, finishing with five points in a 2-for-4 shot, as well as seven assists, five rebounds and two turns.

Dallas raised defensive pressure on Devin Booker with Paul out of the game, but Booker managed to score 35 points with good efficiency. Booker’s 10-for-22 shot from the field, 12-13 from the free-throw line, seven assists in 43 minutes.

Here are three notes from Game 4.

1. Mathematics maverick

The Mavs (38 vs. 85) shot a little worst from the Suns (39 vs. 84) from the field, but they were in control of almost the entire game and won by double digits. This is because, once again, they had an enormous advantage from behind the bow.

This is a series of classic “math problems”, and Dallas entered this game averaging 40 3-point attempts in his first three games versus Phoenix’s 27 attempts. The disparity was even more pronounced on Sunday, though the MAF shot 20 for 44 from deep, and Suns 9 for 25.

In the mid-zone, Dallas repeatedly collapsed the Suns’ defense and found the pitchers open to the ocean. It took some contention in the third quarter against the Phoenix area, but for the most part, this was about descents from cliffs, isolations, or post-ups and kicks. Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said they don’t aim for a set number of 3s, but they “really believe” that when the ball touches paint, good things are bound to happen.

“The important thing is that we try to apply pressure,” Kidd said. “We’re trying to get the ball in the paint and not just settle down.” Because they’re a really good defensive team if you just swing it around the three-point line, you hit the clock and you’re on a hard 3.”

Kidd was glad Vinnie-Smith didn’t hesitate when the ball found him.

When he plays like that, when he’s aggressive and doesn’t think about the shot and just shoots and shoots it, he’s as good as everyone else,” said Kidd. “We needed that elevator and he took us.”

“We have to respect Vinnie Smith more than we do,” said Phoenix coach Monty Williams. “He affects the game on the attacking glass and now he shoots the ball well. We have to respect that.”

Doncic may have been cold from deep inside, but he devised a five-point 3-pointer for Finney-Smith. The Mavs hit 8 for 15 in 3 seconds of Doncic’s passes. Booker said the sun needed to “stay in front of our man, and give him no angle, not let him get into our view and make it hard for him.”

“This is something I have to fix as a coach,” Williams said. “We have to get the guys off the line, we have to realize – Luca was 1 vs 10, you have to realize that and try to stop him from just getting to the paint, maybe you could force him to shoot. We were helping keep him off the paint, and then there were times when in which I was fascinated by him dribbling the ball and firing a perfect pass for a 3.”

2. Not well lubricated machine

When the sun is at its best, they seem to have an answer for everything. The spacing is flawless, the game makers are selfless and everything happens at their own pace. Phoenix is ​​a team with high efficiency, low turnover, and low error that excels in shooting shots that most defenses are designed to surrender to.

Defensively, too, the sun sometimes looks flawless. They can increase or decrease the size, they can defend multiple pick-and-roll methods and not give their opponents many easy buckets on the go.

In Game 4 though, Phoenix didn’t look like this team, at least not consistently. The most obvious problem was Paul’s mistakes – some of which were questionable calls, most of which were ridiculous risks on his part – and the resulting time he spent without the public word. But this was not the only one. Michael Bridges and Jay Crowder had to play through a bad problem as well, and Williams lamented the Suns’ 17 turnovers, which led to the Mavericks’ 23 points.

“It’s something that has hurt us,” Williams said. “I don’t think we were organized tonight. A little rushing.”

Phoenix had 27 assists in 39 shots, but Williams felt that number should have been in his 30s. “I don’t think we trust the pass enough,” he said, given that it should be able to collapse the Dallas defense.

Williams said the defensive struggle was “about personal ownership at the moment” – Phoenix needs to be better at containing the ball, so he doesn’t have to help out much. He also repeatedly emphasized that the Suns needed to be more aware of the Dallas shooters off the ball, adding that it was a “recipe for disaster” to give up as many middle motives as they did.

“I thought our defense in the first half was as bad as it was all year in terms of getting to know the shooters,” he said. “The second half defense, you can see it wasn’t that bad. We weren’t great in attack.”

3. Balanced Mavericks

“Everyone joined the party” after Dallas’ win in Game 3, in which Jalen Bronson led the team in scoring, and Vinnie Smith, Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleiber each scored at least 14 points, Kidd said. In Game 4, six Mavs scored in double digits and Bronson and Spencer Dinwiddie had four assists each.

“They’re at the party,” Kidd said. “I think you know one of the big things we talked about on this trip is that we understand Luka’s talent and how good he is, but to be a team there are going to be times when the other guys have to shoot the ball. They’re going to take the ball out of Luka’s hand. And you saw that this afternoon. “.

Bronson wasn’t as brilliant as he was on Friday, but he finished with 18 points on a 7-for-17 shootout and made a couple of games in time when Doncic got a short break in the second half. Dallas led by just six points when Doncic went off the bench about two minutes before the end of the third quarter, and when he came back early in the fourth inning, the lead was up to nine points.

Game five is Tuesday in Phoenix.

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