Phoenix Suns Reaction to Game 2 Playoff Victory over Dallas Mavericks

Phoenix Suns, Chris Paul. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Phoenix Suns, Chris Paul. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Last night during Game 2, the Dallas Mavericks came out guns-a-blazing to begin the contest. But alas, the Phoenix Suns responded with some of their own firepower, and came out with the victory by a 129-109 margin.

Phoenix again showed why they remain the league’s top team and made it clear that no matter what you throw at them, they will also swing back with the right adjustments and counter-strikes to get the job done.

All season the Suns have illustrated resilience at its peak form. From Booker’s injury early on this year and in the first round of the playoffs, to Chris Paul missing the final third of this season—the Suns put on a show each night regardless.

Last night was just another thrilling episode.

The Mavericks came out like a raging bull on both ends of the floor. They shot 55.0 percent from the field in the first half, which is considerably better than Game 1, where they shot 41.8 percent.

Dallas’s defense also showed its teeth during the first two frames, holding the Suns to 58 points and forcing 10 turnovers. Luka Doncic picked up where he left off in Game 1, scoring at will and even threatening to drop a 50-piece.

But then the Suns adjusted, like they always do. With Deandre Ayton and JaVale McGee in foul trouble (both playing a combined eight minutes in the second half), they dug deep into their bench to find contributions from Bismack Biyombo, Landry Shamet, and even Ish Wainright. With those guys unleashed onto the floor, Phoenix forced eight turnovers and allowed only 49 second half points—even holding the red hot Doncic to 11 points.

Then came the fourth quarter, where the Suns shine brightest. We all know the stat, the Suns have not lost a game while leading going into the fourth. Wednesday was no different.

Phoenix’s defense stepped up, and the Suns backcourt went ballistic. Chris Paul missed just one shot in the period to finish with 14 points in only six minutes played. Booker made all his shots from deep, contributing nine points in a quick four minutes.

They both attacked Luka on the offensive end, which paid off. When the dust had settled, the scoreboard reflected a massive Phoenix lead as the game’s remaining seconds ticked away.

The Mavericks gave it all they had in Game 2 and still came up short. With Luka being the most utilized player in the postseason right now, Dallas continues to ask a great deal of him, and even when he delivers, it still might not be enough.

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The Suns have now shown in both games that they can win this series in a variety of ways. This team continues to amaze, and they’re only just getting started.