PHOENIX SUNS

Mavericks’ Luka Doncic matches Suns’ 27 points in 1st half of Game 7

May 15, 2022, 6:01 PM | Updated: 10:21 pm

PHOENIX — To start a Western Conference semifinals Game 7 for all the marbles, the Phoenix Suns looked like they were walking on marbles against the Dallas Mavericks.

They trailed by 30 points, 57-27, and got booed off the court heading into halftime after besting a season-worst 17-point first quarter with a 10-point second.

The final score: 123-90, Dallas, which advanced to the Western Conference Finals where it will face the Golden State Warriors.

Mavericks star Luka Doncic matched the Suns by scoring 27 himself in the first half, finishing with 35.

Phoenix got off to a jittery start at Footprint Center on Sunday, shooting 26% (6 of 23) from the field to fall behind 27-17 after 12 minutes of play. It was their lowest point output for the first.

Its two All-Stars, Devin Booker and Chris Paul, combined for 0-of-11 shooting in the first half. They closed 7-of-22 for 21 combined points.

Dallas threw heavy blitzes at Booker and kept the ball away from Paul with its fullcourt ball pressure that’s been standard in the first six games of the series. The Suns struggled to run offense, going deep into the shot clock and taking mostly contested jumpers.

Meanwhile, Doncic scored 12 points himself as he attacked Suns switching and the ensuing mismatches.

The Mavericks shot 47% from the field in the first quarter.

It didn’t get better for Phoenix in the second period. With Doncic resting for nearly the first six minutes, Dallas extended their advantage by outscoring the Suns 10-5.

Phoenix’s field goal percentage held steady, ending at 24% at half. That grew to 37% by the end of the blowout, while the Mavericks hit 57% from the floor.

Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks handles the ball against Cameron Johnson #23 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half in Game Seven of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals at Footprint Center on May 15, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) passes against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrates a basket against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) looks to pass against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) looks for a foul call against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton and Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell, left, tip-off to start the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives past Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell (7) during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) looks to pass against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson (23) defends against Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) celebrates his three-pointer as Phoenix Suns forward Torrey Craig (0) looks away during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson looks at the scoreboard during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3)knocks the ball loose from Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13) during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns center JaVale McGee (00) dunks over Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul defends against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) drives past Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the third quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Seven of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals at Footprint Center on May 15, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Cameron Payne #15 and Jae Crowder #99 of the Phoenix Suns react during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Seven of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals at Footprint Center on May 15, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic embraces Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, after Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic , right, embraces former Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki after Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker looks towards his bench during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks players celebrate during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and players celebrate during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks fans cheer during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) drives as Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) defends during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) A Phoenix Suns fan watches during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic celebrates on the bench during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic smiles on the bench during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) leaves the court after Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson drives as Phoenix Suns center JaVale McGee (00) and guard Devin Booker defend during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) smiles after making a basket against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots over Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson (23) during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) A Phoenix Suns fan watches during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns players watch from the bench during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, right, greets teammates during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks players cheer during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges greets head coach Monty Williams as he leaves the game during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul, right, forward Jae Crowder (99) and center JaVale McGee react to a call during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and guard Devin Booker (1) look towards their bench during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) points after a three pointer against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Dallas Mavericks fans cheer during the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 123-90. (AP Photo/Matt York) Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns shoots the ball during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Seven of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals at Footprint Center on May 15, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the first half in Game Seven of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks at Footprint Center on May 15, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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