Los Angeles Times
Suns shoot past Mavericks despite Doncic’s 45 points
Deandre Ayton scored 25 points, Devin Booker added 23 and the top-seeded Phoenix Suns rolled to a 121114 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
The Suns never trailed, jumping to a 9-0 lead in the opening minutes and rarely let off the gas. They shot 50.5% from the field, won the rebounding edge 51-36 and beat the Mavericks for the 10th straight time.
Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 45 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. It’s the first time Dallas has advanced to the postseason’s second round in Doncic’s four-year career.
Doncic and Maxi Kleber looked ready for the challenge, but the rest of the Mavs didn’t do much until it was too late. Kleber finished with 19 points.
Ayton dominated in the paint and midrange, hitting his usual array of turnaround jumpers, runners and dunks. The 6-foot-11 center shot 12 for 20 from the field. Chris Paul added 19 points and Cam Johnson had 17 off the bench.
at Miami 106, Philadelphia 92: Tyler Herro scored 25 points, Bam Adebayo added 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the top-seeded Heat ran away in the second half to beat the short-handed 76ers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Herro was four for six on three-point shots; everyone else in the game shot a combined 11 for 64 from deep.
“He’s a worker,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’s relentless.”
The 76ers were without Joel Embiid, the most-valuable-player finalist recovering from an orbital fracture and concussion. He’s not expected to play in Game 2.
And as would be expected, he was missed. Except by Adebayo, who barely missed anything. He was eight for 10 from the floor, eight for eight from the line.
Jimmy Butler added 15 points for the top-seeded Heat, who missed point guard Kyle Lowry (hamstring) for the third consecutive game. Tobias Harris scored 27 points for Philadelphia, which got 19 from Tyrese Maxey and 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists from James Harden.
“I didn’t like how we moved the ball,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought we passed late tonight. I thought the physicality affected us.”