Rookie, Phoenix Scorch Dallas Mavericks In Series Finale
The Dallas Mavericks continued their losing ways on Sunday by losing to the Phoenix Suns.
The Dallas Mavericks were in Arizona this evening to take on Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns. Booker came in averaging 32 points on 61 percent shooting against Dallas but it was a rookie who stole the show in the series finale, leading the way in a 124-11 victory for Phoenix.
Dallas was without Harrison Barnes and JJ Barea (rest) while Seth Curry (sore left shoulder) sat out his fifth straight game. Curry has officially been shut down for the remainder of the season, rightfully so.
Dallas came out hot, making 5-of-6 from the field. Yogi Ferrell scored early and often, making 3-of-4 from the field to lead all Dallas player with eight points. Wesley Matthews added seven points. As for Phoenix, they were even hotter.
TJ Warren finished the quarter with 15 points on a perfect 5-of-5 from the field. Marquese Chriss was quite impressive as well, pouring in nine points of his own. These two played a huge role in Phoenix finishing the period with a 40-29 lead.
That lead grew to 16 in the second quarter as Phoenix continued their hot shooting. The Mavs responded by utilizing the long ball. Devin Harris gave a much-needed boost off the bench with three deep balls as Dwight Powell added two of his own.
Phoenix’ lead soon dwindled to 55-54 with 5:22 left in the half. Although Dirk Nowitzki gave Dallas the lead on their next possession, Devin Booker poured in 12 of his 17 first half points to give Phoenix a narrow 68-65 lead at halftime.
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The third quarter was all about rookie point guard Tyler Ulis. Ulis was involved in almost every Phoenix scoring possession as he scored 15 of his 20 points and added two of his game-high 10 assists. Phoenix followed his lead as they blew the lead open 104-85.
As for Dallas, they lost their shooting touch for the remainder of the game. They relied heavily on the three ball (45 attempts) but failed to match the efficiency of Phoenix (42 percent) who saw their lead rise to 22 halfway through the fourth quarter.
Dallas outscored Phoenix during garbage time 26-20 but still walked away with the loss. This victory gave Phoenix the 3-1 season series win.
Yogi Ferrell and Dwight Powell led Dallas with 21 points each while Jarrod Uthoff chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds.
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Next up for Dallas is a home game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. You can catch that game at 8:30 PM EST on Fox Sports Southwest and ALT.