For a second straight game, Luka Doncic was spectacular against the Phoenix Suns.
For a second straight game, it didn’t matter.
The matchup problems that plagued the Dallas Mavericks in a 121-114 Game 1 loss were omnipresent in Game 2 as the Suns blew open a close game in the fourth quarter for a 129-109 win to take a 2-0 series lead.
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Powered by a 20 points from Chris Paul and 21 from Devin Booker in the second half, the Suns turned an 11-0 fourth quarter run into a 23-2 streak that promoted both teams to empty their benches for the game’s final four minutes. This was a game Dallas led 60-58 at halftime.
A Mavericks team that finished seventh in the regular season in defensive rating gave up 120-plus points for a second straight game. Dallas had no answers for Phoenix’s size and athleticism as the Suns shot a season high and franchise playoff record 64.5% from the field.