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Doncic commanded Dallas and forced the 7th against the Suns

Doncic posted a double-double with 32 points and 11 rebounds

On the verge of elimination, the Dallas Mavericks entrusted themselves to Luka Doncic to overwhelm the Phoenix Suns 113-86 and force a seventh and final game of this West semifinal.

Doncic continues to amaze in the playoffs by bordering on the triple double with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists at the American Airlines Center in Dallas (Texas).

"We played well, with rhythm, without turnovers," he stressed. “Now we have another game, the team wants it. It's fun, it's playoffs and we're going to give it our all."

At 23 years old, Doncic has managed to raise the game of a group without any other figure until leaving the Suns, the best team by far in the regular phase, on the ropes.

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"We work all season for this, to have home court advantage," stressed Devin Booker (19 points), líder offensive player for the Suns, who will host the decisive seventh game on Sunday.

Doncic, who is averaging 32 points in this series, once again outshone veteran Suns game manager Chris Paul (13 points and 4 assists).

Paul, again failed to protect the ball by committing 5 of the Suns' 22 turnovers.

«I think we did not understand the desperation with which they were going to play. The losses we made today are a recipe for what we get," Suns coach Monty Williams said.

The top scorer for the Suns was center DeAndre Ayton (21 points and 11 rebounds).

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The Slovenian, who went on to star in two unusual dunks, took advantage of the attention he receives from his rivals to set up shooters like Reggie Bullock and Spencer Dinwiddie.

The winner of this tie will face either the Memphis Grizzlies or the Golden State Warriors, who lead their series 3-2.


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