PHOENIX SUNS

Phoenix Suns’ paint points not enough in Game 6 loss to Mavs

May 12, 2022, 7:50 PM | Updated: 11:49 pm

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) advances the ball against the Dallas Mavericks during the first h...

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) advances the ball against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The Phoenix Suns enjoyed an edge in points in the paint over the Dallas Mavericks despite losing 113-86 in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals on Thursday.

Deandre Ayton and Co. finished with 44 paint points compared to the Mavs’ 34.

The Suns center scored the first basket of the game, had 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first half and ended the night with a team-high 21 points on 62.5% shooting.

Ayton also added 11 rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes on the court.

“I think he’s doing a really good job,” head coach Monty Williams told ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth at the end of the first quarter. “I don’t want him to overrun his body in the pick-and-roll and then when he has a smaller guy on him down there he has to dominate.”

Dallas shot 10-for-24 (41.7 percent) from three in the first half while Phoenix took only seven attempts, knocking down three of them (42.9 percent).

The Mavericks finished the night 16-for-39 (41%), while the Suns went 6-of-18 from beyond the arc for a 33% clip.

“I don’t think we played well on offense,” Williams said. “We’re going after matchups right now instead of running our offense. I think we can get the matchups that we want when we run our stuff.”

The Mavericks shot 39% from 3 in their first two home games of the series, including 20 3-pointers in Game 4.

With a 15-point lead at the half, the Mavericks were able to build a bigger lead than they did in their previous wins as they enjoyed leads of seven points and 12 points at halftime in Games 3 and 4, respectively.

The 27-point margin of victory for Dallas is also its largest of the series, which comes one game after the Suns’ 30-point win in Game 5.

Game 7 will be back in Phoenix at the Footprint Center on Sunday, with the tip-off time to be determined.

You can catch the action on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

Phoenix Suns

Timberwolves Nuggets Basketball...

Associated Press

Timberwolves advance after defeating defending NBA champion Nuggets in Game 7

The Timberwolves overcame a 15-point halftime deficit — the largest comeback in a Game 7 in NBA playoff history — in Sunday's win.

1 day ago

T.J. McConnell...

Associated Press

Pacers punch ticket to Eastern Conference finals with Game 7 win over injured Knicks

The Pacers rode one of the most sensational first halves in Game 7 history to a win over the Knicks, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.

2 days ago

Head coach Frank Vogel of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the second half of game three of the Weste...

David Veenstra

Suns GM James Jones on why Frank Vogel was fired: ‘We needed to improve in a lot of areas’

James Jones explained why the Suns fired Frank Vogel and why they waited so long to hire new head coach Mike Budenholzer.

3 days ago

Bradley Beal #3, Kevin Durant #35 and Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns watch from the bench duri...

Nick Borgia

James Jones on Suns’ Big 3: ‘Those guys aren’t going anywhere’

The Suns GM told Arizona Sports’ Burns & Gambo on Friday that there are no plans of trading Devin Booker, Kevin Durant or Bradley Beal.

3 days ago

Mike Budenholzer and James Jones pose for a picture...

Dan Bickley

Suns’ Mike Budenholzer has a chance to reach new heights in Phoenix

Mike Budenholzer has already notched his first victory as Suns head coach. He dominated a must-win introductory press conference Friday.

3 days ago

Phoenix Suns head coach Mike Budenholzer is introducted on Friday, May 17, 2024....

Kevin Zimmerman

Why Suns coach Mike Budenholzer might do what Frank Vogel couldn’t

Phoenix Suns head coach Mike Budenholzer played to a frustrated fan base. He gave reason to believe why he can do what Frank Vogel didn't.

3 days ago

Phoenix Suns’ paint points not enough in Game 6 loss to Mavs