The Slovenian base is close to triple-double in front of its public (26 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists) and its first win in the Dallas series. Embed comes to the rescue of the Sixers against Miami
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Luka Donsic erupted at the American Airlines Center, leading the first win of the series against the Phoenix Suns (103-94), the best team in the regular season. This was the third performance by the Slovenians (26 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists), only it was a happy ending for his team as he was involved with Jalen Brunson (28 points). The tie is still open and in Dallas, grabbing Donsik, they consider that they have the license to dream of the West Finals. Or, at least, stand up, as they are already doing.
Donsic went on the bench with eight minutes left for his fifth individual foul when the Mavericks only saw a win at risk. “I think they told me something foul that wasn’t there. It’s a physical game, it’s a playoff,” Donsick lamented, not stopping to protest the referee’s decision throughout the duo.
Dallas saw their lead drop from 17 to 9 points, but the return of Donsick to the court and the lack of shooting by Sons made the win easier for Mavericks. For the first time in the series, Slovenian Phenom received strong offensive support from his teammates, especially the point guard. Jalen BrunsonWho managed 28 points and 5 assists.
On the other hand, the two stars of the Sun were very humble in the first game of the series held in Dallas. Chris-Paul, On his 37th birthday, he had 12 points and 4 assists. In a rare performance, the experienced point guard committed 7 turnovers, all of them in the first half, in just one short time to equal his long career record.
Overwhelmed by local defensive intensity, Paul racked up six turnovers in his first 13 minutes of play, when he averaged just 2.4 runs per night this season. Mavericks also had shooting guard Devin Booker, Phoenix’s main attacking reference, who had 18 points.
“The whole team has an incredible defense today and we have to play this way all the time,” Donsick claimed. “If we play like this in every match, we will have a chance.”
Embed comes to the rescue of the Sixers
At the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Joel Mbid came to the rescue of the Sixers to win 99-79 against Miami and avoid a 3-0 setback that no team in the history of the playoffs has surpassed. The Cameroonian, the highest scorer of the season, missed the first two games due to a powerful blow to the face from his compatriot Pascal Siakam Previous tie against Raptors.
In recent days, Pivot has accelerated his recovery from the consequences of an injury that has left him with an injury and an orbital fracture. Playing with a mask that protected his face, MBD had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and his mere presence on the court completely reactivated his teammates and fans.
“I’ve tried to emphasize as much as I can, I’m glad we won,” MBD said of his rehabilitation. “I can’t even explain what it was like. Obviously I had a lot of symptoms but I’m glad to be back and help these guys,” said Kendra, one of the MVP Award finalists (most valuable players of the season).
On this occasion, MBD’s contribution to the team was more emotionally valuable than the game. Defended by the fierce left Adebayo, Pivot made just 12 shots (5 hits) and lost 4 balls as he tried to adapt to the game with the mask, which he would open whenever he could to break a sweat.
In addition to the head injury, MBD is also struggling with an injury to the thumb of his right hand which will require surgery at the end of the course. With MBD Limited, the offensive weight of the Sixers was borne by young Tyres Maxi and veteran Danny Green, the top scorer with 21 points.
The Sixers’ victory, however, was based on their improvement on defense and moderate offensive performance on the hit, although they were experienced again. Kyle Lori. Missing his four shots and 3 assists in the 25th minute, he left without scoring a base goal. Escort Jimmy Butler The only good news for Miami with 33 points and 9 rebounds.
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