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NBA playoffs 2022 live updates: Heat, Suns lead series 1-0

May 3, 2022 at 12:38 AM EDT

Suns take Game 1

Dallas spent most of the fourth quarter using a small ball lineup with Dorian Finney-Smith as the nominal “center,” and that lineup resulted in a chippy, sloppy finish for the Suns, who hang onto a 121-114 win but needed its stars to close out the game in the final minutes.

At times, the Mavericks trailed by 20 or more points, but it’s possible they found something with that smaller lineup used to close out the quarter. Then again, that tighter-than-expected finish might just have been Phoenix growing a little too lax.

Tim Cato

Tim Cato·

Staff Writer, Mavericks

May 3, 2022 at 12:20 AM EDT

Playoff Point God

How did Chris Paul make that shot?

CP3 has 19 points and counting.

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

May 3, 2022 at 12:17 AM EDT

Cam Johnson playoff career high

Suns’ Cam Johnson has a new postseason career-high with 17 points and counting.

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

May 3, 2022 at 12:12 AM EDT

Suns starters check back in (Suns 109, Mavericks 93)

Phoenix spent a few minutes with an all-bench lineup, but up 106-90 with 8:05 remaining in the fourth quarter, the starters are coming back in. The Suns have had more answers than Dallas throughout this game, but it’ll take one more push to close out Game 1.

Tim Cato

Tim Cato·

Staff Writer, Mavericks

May 3, 2022 at 12:03 AM EDT

JaVale Slam

JaVale McGee just took Luka’s cookies in iso, led the break and finished it with a dunk.

That happened.

Marcus Thompson II

Marcus Thompson II·

Senior Columnist, Bay Area

May 3, 2022 at 12:02 AM EDT

Kleber fall (Suns 102, Mavericks 85)

Maxi Kleber took a hard tumble after throwing down a dunk.

Luckily, Kleber is okay and remained in the game.

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

May 2, 2022 at 11:47 PM EDT

Frantic Mavs turnovers

One pretty meaningful thing from this game: Dallas almost always makes teams play their tempo, but the Suns have really run up this game’s pace.

It’s contributed to some frantic turnovers from the Mavs.

Tim Cato

Tim Cato·

Staff Writer, Mavericks

May 2, 2022 at 11:37 PM EDT

Luka on pace for 50-plus game

Luka Doncic’s on pace to have an awfully casual 50-plus point performance in Game 1 — he has 31 points with more than half of the third quarter left to play — and the Mavericks might still lose. Up until the past few possessions, Phoenix has switched every pick-and-roll and largely avoided double teaming him; Doncic is just taking what the defense is giving him. But Phoenix’s defensive approach has helped limit his two other ball handling creators, Jalen Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie, who have five points combined on 2-of-12 shooting.

Tim Cato

Tim Cato·

Staff Writer, Mavericks

May 2, 2022 at 11:27 PM EDT

Booker-Ayton connection

Devin Booker lobbed the ball to Deandre Ayton, who put down a monster slam.

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

May 2, 2022 at 11:15 PM EDT

Suns lead 69-56 at halftime

The Suns lead the Mavericks 69-56 at halftime. Phoenix has made nine of its 13 mid-range shots, a scorching performance that might cool off somewhat but one that certainly isn’t atypical. This is the league’s best mid-range shooting team, and Dallas doesn’t have any big man who can capably guard Ayton, who leads Phoenix with 19 points.

On one hand, this might just need to be Dallas’ strategy. Sending more help at Ayton will only make them liable to concede more open 3s, and Dallas’ 3-point advantage over Phoenix — the Mavericks have nine more points behind the arc — was the only reason this game is even close.

Then again, the Suns simply might make enough mid-range shots that this series is over quick. Not much of a choice either way, I suppose, but hope Phoenix starts missing more.

Tim Cato

Tim Cato·

Staff Writer, Mavericks

May 2, 2022 at 10:54 PM EDT

Mavericks coming back (Suns 53, Mavericks 47)

Luka Doncic fed Bullock who drew the foul from 3 and knocked down the trey.

Four-point play.

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

May 2, 2022 at 10:49 PM EDT

Flagrant 1 on Crowder

Jae Crowder receives a flagrant 1 foul for kicking Luka Doncic in the groin area.

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

May 2, 2022 at 10:45 PM EDT

Kleber heat check

Phoenix is playing so well right now that it’s unfair to Dallas’ Maxi Kleber.

The Mavs trail the Suns, 40-31, early in the second quarter, and Kleber has hit all four of his 3-point attempts.

Damon Sayles

Damon Sayles·

Staff Editor, NBA

May 2, 2022 at 10:37 PM EDT

Electric atmosphere in the Valley

So I don’t want to jinx it, but I’m sitting on press row in Phoenix for a playoff game for the first time since the Finals and have yet to hear any of the locals scream, “Suns in f-ing four!”

This Suns fan base is high energy and one of better ones in the league, but here’s to hoping there’s just a little more chill in their cheer this time around (I bet I jinxed it).

Sam Amick

Sam Amick·

Senior Writer, NBA

May 2, 2022 at 10:36 PM EDT

Mavs D giving Suns easy buckets at rim

Dallas’ defensive success last series came from its ability to deny both 3s and easy shots at the rim against a Utah team that thrives in those areas.

Through the first quarter, the Mavericks have limited the Suns to just five shots from 3, but they’ve conceded eight points at the rim, seven from the free throw line, and eight from mid-range, an area where no team is better than the Suns.

Tim Cato

Tim Cato·

Staff Writer, Mavericks

May 2, 2022 at 10:35 PM EDT

Zero for Brunson

After one quarter, Dallas’ Jalen Brunson has zero points on 0-of-3 shooting. This is a guy who averaged 28 points in the Utah series.

Really says a lot about Phoenix’s defense.

Damon Sayles

Damon Sayles·

Staff Editor, NBA

May 2, 2022 at 10:32 PM EDT

Suns lead 35-25 after 1Q

Booker: 13 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 4-8 FG

Ayton: 9 Pts, 4-6 FG

Crowder: 3-2-2

Doncic: 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 5-9 FG

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

May 2, 2022 at 10:21 PM EDT

This isn’t Utah anymore (Suns 22, Mavericks 7)

The Mavericks just got a harsh reminder that they are no longer playing the Utah Jazz. Phoenix marched out to a 18-6 lead with tenacious defense; Mikal Bridges started on Luka Doncic, but the Suns are happily conceding the switch when Doncic screens with Chris Paul’s defender.

Paul just swiped the ball out of Doncic’s hand as he went up for a 3-pointer, which led to two transition points the other direction, so you can’t blame them. We’ll see what ideas Dallas has in response.

Tim Cato

Tim Cato·

Staff Writer, Mavericks

May 2, 2022 at 10:20 PM EDT

Suns rolling

I’m no math expert, but the Mavs trail 18-6 less than six minutes in and that means that Luka Doncic is a – grabs the calculator – minus-12 so far in these West semis. The Suns are getting into Luka in a major way early, with Mikal Bridges taking the first shift and Chris Paul bullying on the back end when Dallas gets the switch.

And while we have a long ways to go, Phoenix has the look of a team that would like to remind folks that they do, in fact, plan on making a very long playoff run again.

Sam Amick

Sam Amick·

Senior Writer, NBA

May 2, 2022 at 10:09 PM EDT

Bridges on Doncic, Booker on Brunson

Mikal Bridges opens up defending Luka Doncic, and Devin Booker lines up guarding Jalen Brunson.

That is the defensive scheme for the Suns we need to pay attention to in the first 12 minutes.

Damon Sayles

Damon Sayles·

Staff Editor, NBA

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