Heading into Game 5 against the Phoenix Suns in a 2-2 series, the Dallas Mavericks knew they’d have to bring their best effort yet in order to steal a game on the road.
Despite getting off to near-perfect start in the first quarter, the wheels started to fall off the wagon for the Mavs towards the end of the first half, and they never recovered as the Suns went on to capture a 110-80 win and a 3-2 series leads. Dallas will face elimination at home on Thursday in Game 6.
There has been a lot of talk from coach Jason Kidd this postseason about Mavericks aside from Luka Doncic “joining the party.” That happened in Games 3 and 4, as the Mavs got well-balanced efforts all around. However, Dallas wasn’t able to translate that home success to the road.
Luka Doncic finished the game with a team-high 28 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and three steals in 35 minutes. He shot just 10-23 from the field, including 2-8 from deep and 6-7 from the free-throw line. Although Doncic finished with a decent stat line, you never got the feel that this was going to be a true Doncic masterpiece. He must be even better in Game 6 if the Mavs want to avoid elimination.
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Jalen Brunson and Davis Bertans joined Doncic as the only other Mavericks to score in double figures. Brunson put up 21 points on 9-17 shooting from the field to go along with seven rebounds. Bertans added 10 points on 3-4 shooting off the bench.