Rewind: Phoenix Suns return to form, take 3-2 series lead over Dallas Mavericks

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The top seed Phoenix Suns beat the No. 4 Dallas Mavericks at home, 110-80, taking a 3-2 lead in the Western conference semifinals on Tuesday.

The Suns and Mavericks' respective All-Stars Devin Booker and Luka Doncic tied the game-high 28 points each. Phoenix big Deandre Ayton had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Mavericks' Jalen Brunson contributed 21 points and seven rebounds.

Game 6 takes place Thursday back in Dallas.

Check for the game's highlights and updates about Game 5 below.

Both team's starters exit game as Dallas concedes loss

This game's a wrap by the Suns.

Shortly after Deandre Ayton's alley-oop dunk and the Suns went up 97-76 at 3:58 to play, Mikal Bridges picked up his second foul and both team's starters were done for the game.

At the end of the

Suns up by 19 near final quarter's midpoint

Phoenix leads Dallas, 90-71, at 6:52 left to play.

The Suns have had major contributions from their bench, which has outscored the Mavericks' second unit 25-15. Cameron Johnson has played a superb game, shelling out 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, two rebounds, one assists, two steals, and one block in 25 minutes.

Suns explode to lead Mavericks entering 4th quarter

The Suns have an 82-60 lead over Dallas, their biggest of this series, at the end of the third quarter.

Devin Booker scored 12 of his 28 points, and the Suns capitalized heavily off the Mavericks' 10 turnovers in that period alone and 14 total this game. Phoenix had seven of their nine total steals in the thid

Phoenix outscored Dallas in the third, 33-19.

Booker takes hard fall after Finney-Smith foul

The high level of physicality in Game 5 is predictable. It's the playoffs, and a go-ahead win for either team, so go figure.

But Suns fans had a scary moment as the team's hottest hand of the moment, Devin Booker (25 points), took a hard fall out of bounds at 5:25 in the third quarter.

As the Suns led Dallas, 68-50, Booker drove down the left lane past Mavericks' sixth man Maxi Kleber and went up for a layup. Dorian Finney-Smith met Booker in mid-air and clobbered him, and Booker was slow to get up. However, Booker's laughed it off on the way to the Suns bench and is still in the game.

The play went under review and the officials upgraded the foul to a Flagrant 1.

Suns enter 2nd half on explosive run

Phoenix's Footprint Center is roaring early in the third quarter.

The Suns have surged on a 10-2 run for two minute since the 10:46 mark. That was capped off by Devin Booker's left slot area 3-point shot after Mikal Bridges got a steal from an pass toward Luka Doncic inside the right wing, then the Mavericks called a timeout.

Booker leads all scorers with 24 points, and has scored eight in the third. The Mavericks have committed four turnovers early in the second half.

Suns are up 61-50.

Suns take lead at halftime

Phoenix is up 49-46 over Dallas at the intermission.

The Suns outscored the Mavericks, 26-20, in the second quarter. There were three lead changes late in the second quarter after the Suns took their first lead of the game at 42-40 with 3:33 left to play before the break. Then Luka Doncic tied the game on a layup at 42 within 20 seconds later, and the Suns went up again 44-42 on Mikal Bridges' (10 points, five rebounds) jumpshot in the paint at 2:15.

Doncic (18 points) helped regain the lead for Dallas at 45-44 when he hit a free throw 13 seconds thereafter, and the Suns took the lead again on Cameron Johnson's jumpshot assisted by Devin Booker (team-high 16 points) at 1:48.

After Mavericks' big Maxi Kleber hit a free throw to cut the lead to 47-45, Chris Paul hit his second shot to hold the lead at 37.9 seconds to go.

Booker's baseline slam ties Suns, Mavs at 40

The Suns are on a 10-2 run that tied since the 7:24 mark. They've tied the score, 40-40, at 3:47 left in the half.

Phoenix's run was accentuated by Chris Paul's 26-foot bullet pass to Devin Booker, who caught it while waiting in the corner and drove in for a two-handed baseline dunk.

Mavericks called a timeout to stop the Suns comeback. Booker's got 16 points and four rebounds.

Mavericks' Luka Doncic has 18 points.

Dallas still leads near 2nd quarter's midpoint

The Mavericks are up, 38-32, with 6:44 left to play in the first half.

They've hit six of their 12 attempts from beyond the arc, whereas the Suns have outscored them 19-12 since the end of the first quarter.

Suns trail Mavericks entering 2nd quarter

Dallas held the lead the entire first quarter and are up 26-23, over Phoenix

The Mavericks got off to a stellar start hitting 9-of-18 overall and 4-of-8 from 3. Luka Doncic has 11 points (4-of-7 FG). with his five rebounds,.

Phoenix's Devin Booker is off to a solid shooting performance with the current game-high 12 points (5-of-7 and 2-2 FTs) points. Suns center Deandre Ayton had to be benched at 6:59 and replaced by backup big Bismack Biyombo after Ayton picked up his second foul.

The Suns have shot the same mark on their field goals overall, but are 2-of-8 from deep.

Dallas begins 1st quarter on hot start

The Mavericks are off to a 6-of-8 field goal shooting start through the seven-minute mark in the opening period. That includes Luka Doncic hitting three of his first four shots for seven points of their 15 total.

They've hit 3-of-5 from the perimeter, and Dorian Finney-Smith hit his first two attempts.

Defending the 3 is something the Suns said they need to do a better job of after they allowed 20 made by Dallas in the Suns' Game 4 loss on Sunday.

The Mavericks are up 15-9 after the game's first timeout.

Starting lineups


PG Chris Paul, SG Devin Booker, C Deandre Ayton, SF Mikal Bridges, PF Jae Crowder


PG Jalen Brunson, SG Luka Doncic, C Dwight Powell, SF Reggie Bullock, PF Dorian Finney-Smith

Suns vs. Mavericks: Game 5 odds

The Suns are a 6.5-point favorite in the game against the Mavericks on Tuesday, according to Tipico Sportsbook.

Phoenix is -270 on the money line and Dallas is +210.

The over/under for the game is set at 213.5 points.

Click here for picks and predictions for the Suns vs. Mavericks game on Tuesday.

Suns vs. Mavericks: Game 5 TV information

The game will be broadcast on TNT beginning at 7 p.m. Arizona time.

Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and Allie LaForce will be on the call.

Click here to see the entire Suns vs. Mavericks NBA Playoffs series schedule.

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