May 28, 2022

The Fourthny

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NBA Film Room: Closer Look at Chris Paul, Devin Booker Dismantling Dallas Mavs in Suns’ Game 2 Win

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The Dallas Mavericks face a 2-0 series deficit in the Western Conference Semifinals after losing 129-109 in Game 2 against the Phoenix Suns. With the help of fourth-quarter heroics from Chris Paul and Devin Booker, the Suns pulled away late.

After a step-back 3 from Jalen Brunson at the 11:23 mark of the fourth quarter, the Mavericks trailed the Suns just 89-86. What happened over the remainder of regulation could be described as a dismantling by Phoenix. 

Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks

Paul scored 14 of his 28 overall points in the final frame to lead the Suns’ offense to 40 points as a unit on a staggering 16-19 (84.2 percent) from the floor and 6-8 (75.0 percent) on 3s. Only the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals produced a higher fourth-quarter field goal percentage (87.5 percent) in the last 25 postseasons. 

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