Suns vs. Mavericks – Game Recap – January 20, 2022
DALLAS — — Devin Booker had 28 points, Chris Paul had 20 points and 11 assists without turnovers, and the Phoenix Suns rallied late to beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-101 on Thursday night.
In a clash of two of the NBA’s hottest teams, Phoenix (35-9) completed a season-high five-game road trip sweep and won its ninth straight game against the Mavericks by beating Dallas 35-19 in the fourth quarter. Paul scored 10 points in the fourth.
“Chris knows when to leave,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said. “He showed it again in the fourth quarter.”
Luka Doncic scored 28 points, Jalen Brunson added 19 and Kristaps Porzingis had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks (26-20), who had won four straight and 10 of their last 11.
“It’s a team that’s been running around the league lately,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “Beating them at home like that is huge.”
After Mikal Bridges’ floater gave Phoenix a 101-99 lead with 2:56 remaining, Bismack Biyombo – playing only his seventh game this season after joining the Suns this month – called his free throw with a dunk to give Phoenix a 104-99 lead. . Paul’s 3-pointer with 19 seconds left was decisive, giving the Suns a 107-99 lead.
Doncic had 24 points in three quarters – giving him 20 or more points in nine consecutive games – but went to the bench in the closing seconds of the period after injuring his neck in a hard crash. He played eight minutes in the fourth, hitting 2 of 3 shots from the ground with none behind the arc.
“My neck is no excuse,” said Doncic, who had eight turnovers and said he might have lost steam in the fourth quarter. “But man, that’s the best record in the league. We were right there.
The Suns won despite a season-high 22.2 percent on 3-pointers (8 for 36), including 17 straight first-half misses. But they forced a Mavericks team that was second in the NBA with an average of 12.4 turnovers in 19 and outscored Dallas 31-7 on points on turnovers.
Paul has a career-high 49 NBA games with double-digit assists and no turnovers.
“He pushes everybody,” Booker said of the 11-time star player. “He’s very vocal.”
BY POPULAR DEMAND
With the Suns leading 104-99 in the final minute, Booker was penalized for a blocking foul as Dorian Finney-Smith drove the baseline. Every Phoenix player on the floor signaled to the bench that the call should be challenged.
“It’s hard to trust players because no player in the history of the league has ever committed a foul,” Williams said.
But he trusted them – with his instincts and from what he heard from the bench – and the play was reversed to an attacking foul.
PORZINGIS’S HAT Trick?
During Dallas’ 14-0 run to take a 42-38 lead late in the second quarter, the 7-foot-3 Latvian blocked JaVale McGee, scored on an alley-oop from Maxi Kleber, then jumped a 25 foot 3 point.
Suns: They are one win away from the franchise’s best record in 44 games. To be 26 games over .500 is the most since last season’s shortened schedule ended 51-21. … Played his second straight game without starting center Deandre Ayton, their second leading scorer and leading rebounder (sprained right ankle).
Mavericks: Had won six straight home games, including wins over Golden State and Chicago. … Completed a straight home run after beating Toronto by four points Wednesday night. … Played his second straight game without reserve guard Sterling Brown (aching left foot).
Suns: Host Indiana on Saturday for their first home game since Jan. 8.
Mavericks: Home Sunday against Southwest Division leader Memphis to complete a five-game homestand.