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5 things that will decide Dallas Mavericks Game 4 versus Phoenix Suns

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Thing that will decide Dallas Mavericks Game 4 vs. Suns: 3. Defense

Phoenix scored over 120 points and shot better than 50 percent from the field in each of the first two games as they shredded the Mavericks' defense. There was panic about Luka Doncic’s defense after he hunted relentlessly in the second half of Game 2, and the Suns looked unstoppable.

The Mavs returned home and responded by holding Phoenix to a season-low 94 points in Game 3. It started with Reggie Bullock picking up Chris Paul full court, and Dallas just being more aggressive overall on the defensive end. They did not just concede switches in Game 3. The Mavericks big men were tagging Suns ball-handlers and giving Bullock or Dorian Finney-Smith time to get back on their man.

Head coach Jason Kidd better have another counterpunch ready because the Suns will be prepared for what they saw in Game 3. Dallas held Chris Paul and Devin Booker to 30 points after they went for 100 points in the first two games combined.

The Dallas Mavericks need to slow the game down and play stout defense if they want to win Game 4 and even the series against the Suns.