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Doncic, Mavs beat Paul, Suns to even series 2-2

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DALLAS » Luka Doncic tumbled toward the baseline after getting bumped by Chris Paul just before the halftime buzzer, the apprentice showing he has watched one of the masters at drawing fouls.

The trick spurred a critical fourth foul on Paul, setting up the Dallas Mavericks to get even in the Western Conference semifinals.

Doncic scored 26 points while helping Dallas take advantage of foul trouble for Paul to beat the Phoenix Suns 111-101 on Sunday for a 2-2 series tie.

“I saw he was going for the rebound and I was surprised,” Doncic said. “He said to me, ‘Did I push you that hard?’ I said, ‘No, not that hard. But it was a smart play.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I know.’”

Paul ended up being out of Game 4 early in the fourth quarter, the period when he often dominated the Mavericks during an 11-game winning streak that ended with consecutiv­e home victories for Dallas. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Phoenix.

Dorian Finney-Smith

scored a playoff careerhigh 24 points on the most 3-pointers he’s had, regular season or playoffs. He was 8 of 12 from deep, including consecutiv­e 3s for a 14-point lead midway through the fourth.

79ERS 116, HEAT 108 » James Harden scored 31 points, Joel Embiid had 24 points and 11 rebounds and the Philadelph­ia 76ers beat the Miami Heat to even the Eastern Conference

semifinal series.

The Heat won the first two games in Miami with Embiid out with a right orbital fracture and mild concussion. The 76ers won Games 3 and 4 at home with Embiid and his mask in the lineup.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Miami.

Embiid is ready. So is Harden. And if the Heat can’t figure out those two, the next thing they face could be the offseason.

 ?? TONY GUTIERREZ — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne defends as Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) takes a shot in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday in Dallas.
TONY GUTIERREZ — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Payne defends as Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) takes a shot in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Sunday in Dallas.

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