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Luka Doncic, Mavs blitz Suns, send series to Game 7


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Luka Doncic, Mavs blitz Suns, send series to Game 7

Mavericks center Dwight Powell (left) and guard Luka Doncic celebrate as Suns center Deandre Ayton looks on.

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The Mavericks force a decider against the top-seeded Suns as Luka Doncic unleashes a near triple-double

Luka Doncic recorded 33 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals to help the Dallas Mavericks notch an easy 113-86 victory over the Phoenix Suns to even their Western Conference semifinal series at three wins apiece on Thursday night, May 12 (Friday, May 13, Manila time).

Reggie Bullock made five three-pointers while contributing 19 points and 7 rebounds for Dallas. Jalen Brunson added 18 points for the fourth-seeded Mavericks, who outscored Phoenix by 24 points over the final three quarters of the easy Game 6 win.

Deandre Ayton registered 21 points and 11 rebounds and Devin Booker added 19 points on just 6-of-17 shooting for the top-seeded Suns. Chris Paul had 13 points but committed five turnovers while handing out just four assists.

The decisive Game 7 will be played Sunday in Phoenix. The home team has won all six games in the series.

Doncic scored 11 first-quarter points to get the Mavericks started. He topped 30 points for the third time in the series and has tallied more than 25 in all six games.

Dallas committed just two turnovers over the first three quarters and finished with seven. The Suns had 22 turnovers, 8 of them by Booker.

Spencer Dinwiddie added 15 points on five three-pointers for the Mavericks, who have won their three home games in the series by an average of 15.3 points.

Dallas shot 45.5 percent from the field, including 16 of 39 (41 percent) from 3-point range. Frank Ntilikina had four steals and Brunson had three as the Mavericks accumulated 16 overall.

The Suns made 39.7% of their shots and were 6-of-18 from behind the arc.

Phoenix trailed 39-37 after Bismack Biyombo’s inside hoop with 8:21 left in the first half before Dallas erupted.

The Mavericks scored the next 8 points to move ahead by 10. Later in the half, Maxi Kleber and Bullock hit consecutive three-pointers to make it a 17-point margin before Dallas settled for a 60-45 halftime lead.

The hosts rattled off eight straight points early in the third quarter to increase the lead to 70-48 with 7:44 left. The margin again was 22 at the end of the third quarter, 94-72.

The Suns moved within 100-84 on Paul’s three-pointer with 5:16 remaining, but Doncic answered with back-to-back baskets as the Mavericks put the finishing touches on the rout with a 13-2 game-ending spurt. –

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