NBA Playoffs: The Dallas Mavericks also lose Game 2 to the Phoenix Suns

What a masterpiece by Chris Paul! The Point God ripped the Dallas Mavericks apart in the fourth quarter of Game 2, leading the Phoenix Suns to a 129-109 victory. Even 35 points from Luka Doncic is not enough.

The Mavs defense simply could not find an answer to CP3 in the last section, who attacked the weak points with surgical precision – for the most part he was looking directly for the duel with Doncic – and with 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, his colors led to the winning path . Paul sank 11/16 from the field, giving up 8 assists and snatching 6 rebounds.

Only Devin Booker scored better for the hosts, who also had very effective odds and scored 30 points (11/19 FG and 5/8 three). Otherwise, Jae Crowder (15) and Mikal Bridges (11) cracked the double-digit, while Deandre Ayton remained inconspicuous due to error issues. As a team, however, Phoenix set a new playoff franchise record for field goal percentage (64.5 percent).

Dallas could not keep up, even though Doncic was in a really good mood, especially in the first half. After 24 points in the first 24 minutes, he finished the match with 35 points (13/22 FG and 5/10 triple) and 7 assists with 7 turnovers. Reggie Bullock (16, 4/8 triple) and Spencer Dinwiddie (11, 3/10 FG) were the only other Mavs players with a double-digit number, with Jalen Brunson disappointing again (9, 3/12 FG). Maxi Kleber still had 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

There were no changes in the starting line-ups compared to match 1, not even during the match in the first minutes. Dallas started with a Doncic turnover, which Bridges punished from downtown. Shortly after, Booker fell from the one-and-one jumper follow his famous playoff position – Phoenix quickly moved up by 10 points.

But: After a few minutes, the Mavs arrived in the match – thanks to Doncic. The Slovenian attacked and took matters into his own hands, napped Cam Johnson and created difficult fadeaways. His 14 points in the first quarter put Dallas back in the game, after the buzzer he exchanged treats with Crowder – 32:28 for the Suns.

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