PHOENIX SUNS

Devin Booker hot out the gate in Suns’ Game 5 win over Mavericks

May 10, 2022, 8:05 PM | Updated: May 11, 2022, 7:39 am

The Phoenix Suns have relied on All-Star guard Devin Booker to get their offense going to start games all year, and that continued in Tuesday’s 110-80 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

In Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, Booker — the second-leading first quarter scorer by average in the NBA this year — hit five of eight shots to score 12 points in the opening 12 minutes.

His second bucket was an off-balance, fadeaway eight-footer over the arms of Mavs 6-foot-7 forward Dorian Finney-Smith. Booker hit the shot off one leg on his way down.

When point guard Chris Paul came off the court with 2:17 left in the first quarter, Point Book took charge.

The Suns elected to keep Cameron Payne on the bench, rolling with Booker, Cameron Johnson, Landry Shamet, Bismack Biyombo and Mikal Bridges.

Booker scored four points to keep Phoenix close going into the second.

Dallas hit four shots from deep in the opening quarter and led 26-23.

Booker finished the first half with 16 points, including a transition dunk to tie the game with 3:47 left in the second.

He had 19 first-half points in Game 4, a 111-101 loss for Phoenix.

The Suns All-Star guard finished the contest with a team-high 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting (55%) and 3-for-7 (42.9%) from deep.

Booker also had two assists, seven rebounds and two steals in 35 minutes on the court.

The Suns will look to win the series in Game 6 in Dallas on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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(@Suns/Twitter) (@Suns/Twitter) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) gets fouled as he goes up for a shot against Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, right, grabs a rebound in front of Dallas Mavericks forward Reggie Bullock, left, during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13) drives past Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder, left, as Suns forward Mikal Bridges, right, looks on during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) wins the open tipoff against Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell (7) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder argues a foul called against him during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) tries to get off a shot against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) looks to shoot against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and Suns guard Devin Booker (1) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic smiles as he slaps hands with a Phoenix Suns fan during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks forward Davis Bertans (44) gets fouled by Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams, right, shouts at referee David Guthrie (16) during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) dunks against Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13), Mavericks forwards Maxi Kleber (42) and Dorian Finney-Smith, right, during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, right, gets fouled by Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith, left, as Booker goes up for a shot during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson, left, alters the shot by Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson, right, during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns center Bismack Biyombo, left, battles with Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber, right, for a loose ball during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns fans shout during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson, middle, goes in for a dunk as Dallas Mavericks guards Spencer Dinwiddie (26) and Jalen Brunson (13) look on during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) drives past Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) to score during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns center Bismack Biyombo (18) and Dallas Mavericks forward Sterling Brown both miss a rebound during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic loses the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Referee David Guthrie (16) tries to separate Phoenix Suns center Bismack Biyombo, middle, and Dallas Mavericks forward Marquese Chriss, right, as Mavericks forward Sterling Brown, second from right, agrues during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and Suns guard Devin Booker, right, celebrate a score by a teammate during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shouts as he stands on the court during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd, right, argues with referee Sean Wright, left, during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) A Phoenix Suns fan holds up a sign showing Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic crying during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic, left, Maxi Kleber, top right, and Boban Marjanovic, middle, watch from the team bench during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Head coach Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the second half of Game Five of the Western Conference Second Round NBA Playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks at Footprint Center on May 10, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Mavericks 110-80. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder grimaces due to an injury during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. The Suns won 110-80. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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