L’énorme troisième quart-temps de Phoenix qui a désarçonné Dallas

L’énorme troisième quart-temps de Phoenix qui a désarçonné Dallas

Devin Booker’s very good start to the game (12 points in the first quarter) did not make the difference.

The Suns were only three points ahead at the break. Nothing was decided and Dallas could still clearly take this Game 5, to afford a match point, at home, during Game 6. A few minutes after the break, this will no longer be the case. The return to the locker room changed everything for the defending finalists.

“I think we started the match without the energy, the concentration or the strength that we will have afterwards”admits Monty Williams to the Arizona Republic. “It wasn’t just me, the guys knew that. They were aware that they could not evolve at this level of comfort. You have to go to exhaustion to make sure you defend at the necessary level against a team like that. »

The intensity level is therefore increased by one or two notches. The Suns started by smothering the Mavericks with a 17-0! Luka Doncic and his band are deprived of points for more than five minutes. Mikal Bridges steals three balls and the Texans lose 12 in twelve minutes.

“We defended at a high level”, tells Devin Booker, two interceptions in this third quarter, at Arizona Sports. “We made life difficult in Dallas, we got them off the racket. We are proud to defend, that’s where we are at our best. When we can accelerate, when we don’t just do throw-ins. We like stops, we like to play the transition because we have a lot of athletes. »

Dallas blocked at 34 points at 2/16 at 3-pts after the break

Dallas will never find air in the last 24 minutes of the game, losing first 33-14 in the third quarter and then 28-20 in the last, for 34 points scored in total. Luka Doncic lost three balls in the second half, pressed and jostled by the activity of Mikal Bridges.

“We did a remarkable job to put more pressure on him”analyzes the Suns coach, referring to the performance of his winger on the Slovenian. “We were more physical against him. »

The presences of Bismack Biyombo and Cameron Johnson were also invaluable in this defensive effort. In this second half of Game 5, the Suns did everything necessary to block Luka Doncic, slow the movement of the ball and hinder the shooters (so effective in Dallas) of Jason Kidd’s troops.

The proof with some figures on this second period: Dallas shot only 2/16 at 3-pts, compiled three small assists and above all lost 14 balls…

“We were very focused on the strategy to be applied, on the players and on the rebound”lists Monty Williams. “We had three or four players fighting for the rebound. Defense, which is our backbone, has been a key area. We were able to defend well one-on-one. »

Shots Bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd bp Int CT party Points
Devin Booker 68 34.5 46.6 38.3 86.8 0.7 4.4 5.0 4.8 2.4 1.1 0.4 2.6 26.8
Deandre Ayton 58 29.5 63.4 36.8 74.6 2.6 7.7 10.2 1.4 1.6 0.7 0.7 2.4 17.2
Chris Paul 65 32.9 49.3 31.7 83.7 0.3 4.0 4.4 10.8 2.4 1.9 0.3 2.1 14.7
Mikal Bridges 82 34.8 53.4 36.9 83.4 0.9 3.3 4.2 2.3 0.8 1.2 0.4 1.8 14.2
Cameron Johnson 66 26.2 46.0 42.5 86.0 0.6 3.5 4.1 1.5 0.7 0.9 0.2 1.7 12.5
Cameron Payne 58 22.0 40.9 33.6 84.3 0.4 2.6 3.0 4.9 1.8 0.7 0.3 2.1 10.8
Frank Kaminsky 9 20.1 54.5 33.3 90.0 1.2 3.3 4.6 1.4 0.6 0.9 0.8 1.6 10.6
Jae Crowder 67 28.1 39.9 34.8 78.9 0.4 4.8 5.3 1.9 0.8 1.4 0.4 2.6 9.4
Javale Mcgee 74 15.8 62.9 22.2 69.9 2.2 4.5 6.7 0.6 1.3 0.3 1.1 2.4 9.2
Landry Shamet 69 20.8 39.4 36.8 84.0 0.2 1.6 1.8 1.6 0.6 0.4 0.1 1.3 8.3
Torrey Craig 27 20.8 45.0 32.3 70.6 1.0 3.3 4.3 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.6 2.1 6.9
Aaron Holiday 22 16.3 41.1 44.4 93.9 0.7 1.8 2.5 3.4 1.3 0.8 0.0 1.5 6.8
Jalen Smith 29 13.2 46.0 23.1 76.9 1.9 2.9 4.8 0.2 0.8 0.2 0.6 1.8 6.0
Bismack Biyombo 36 14.1 59.3 0.0 53.5 1.8 2.9 4.6 0.6 0.7 0.3 0.7 1.9 5.8
Gabriel Lundberg 4 11.1 26.3 37.5 0.0 0.5 1.3 1.8 2.8 0.8 0.8 0.0 1.8 3.3
Elfrid Payton 50 11.0 38.3 22.2 37.5 0.4 1.3 1.8 2.0 0.9 0.5 0.1 0.8 3.0
Paris Bass 2 3.7 33.3 0.0 100.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 0.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 3.0
Abdel Nader 14 10.4 34.3 28.6 60.0 0.3 1.6 1.9 0.5 0.8 0.6 0.3 1.4 2.4
Ishmail Wainright 45 8.0 39.4 32.2 58.3 0.6 0.6 1.2 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.1 1.1 2.4
justin jackson 6 5.8 35.7 33.3 0.0 0.2 1.0 1.2 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.5 2.2
Chandler Hutchison 6 3.7 50.0 0.0 100.0 0.0 0.8 0.8 0.3 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.7
Emmanuel Terry 3 6.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.7 2.3 5.0 0.7 1.7 0.3 0.0 1.3 0.0
MJ Walker 2 4.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.0

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