Damion Lee, Phoenix hero who topples Dallas

Damion Lee, Phoenix hero who topples Dallas

Eliminated with an explosion by the Mavericks last May, the Suns they were eager for revenge at the start of this new exercise. Mission accomplished, since the companions of Devin Booker (28 points, 9 assists) won in the last minute (107-105) against Luka Doncić (35 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists), christian wood (25 points, 8 rebounds) and others.

Hard-earned success, after Phoenix notably trailed a record-high 22 points, and marked the stamp of Damion Lee (11 points), arrived this summer from the Warriors and author of all his points in the fourth quarter. With, above all, the improbable game winner 9.7 seconds to go! From behind, Luka Doncic makes his 3-point special from 9 meters, but it falls short and the Suns sign the “comeback” of the night.

WHAT TO REMEMBER

two-sided suns. Unrecognizable in the first half, because they dominated in almost every aspect of the game, the Phoenix players undoubtedly believed in a Redo of Game 7 last May, when they were as much as 22 points behind after returning from the locker room. Except that the Arizona franchise collective ended up rallying around Devin Booker, on offense and defense, to nail a 19-3 win over Dallas in the third quarter and reignite interest in this game.

The Mavericks collapse in money time. Leading by 15 points in the fourth quarter (93-78), after Christian Wood’s great heat stroke, Dallas, however, lost ground at the worst time. Leaving Phoenix to quickly catch up with Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Cameron Payne or Damion Lee. Unable to find the foul offensively, any more than at the free throw line, Jason Kidd’s men began to get frustrated, making stupid and annoying mistakes (turnovers, offensive fouls, etc.), finally collapsing, in the warm court environment. Footprint Center.

Damion Lee, the X factor. Together with his friend Cameron Payne, the recent NBA champion was very prominent from the bench, mainly in the last twelve minutes. As active as possible, on each side of the floor, he did not hesitate to sacrifice himself to draw offensive fouls or to punish the Mavericks’ defense with his 3-point direction (3/5). The icing on the cake: the one who will celebrate his 30th birthday this Friday planted the winning shot, unbalanced, to offer victory to his new team. A sign that everything was going well for him today…

TOPS/FLOPS

Luka Doncić. After each international window, the Slovenian must certainly appreciate returning to the NBA, where he has much more room to quietly plow through opposing defenses. He was seen again last night, where his offensive science caused a lot of trouble for the Suns and Mikal Bridges. Of course, not everything was perfect in his game or in his attitude, but he was still the best Texan player. Despite his (far) failed attempt on his part in the last few seconds, for the win…

Devin Booker. As a good leader, and unlike Chris Paul, the All-Star defense set an example from start to finish, in attitude, scoring, creation and sometimes even defense. First floating in the first half, in the collective slump of the Suns, before continuing with his momentum after the break, mainly taking advantage of the awakening of his teammates so as not to perform unnecessarily. A little payback for “Book,” which was lost last spring.

christian wood. What a debut for “C-Wood,” particularly enticing for his first outing with the Mavs. Especially on the offensive plane, where his ability to deflect from distance, play with his back to the basket, close to the area and penalize behind the screen hurt Phoenix. From his game we will especially remember his crazy streak, astride the last two quarters, where he will have planted 16 points in a row, for what we thought -mistakenly- would be the turning point of the game. Jason Kidd then forgot him on the bench at the end of the game…

Deandre Ayton. There still doesn’t seem to be any joy between the Bahamian and his trainer Monty Williams, let alone the rest of his teammates, but he’s an important part of Phoenix’s success nonetheless. In a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds), he allowed the team to dominate in the paint and his presence inside him helped the Suns find the opening on several occasions when they were on the heavy attack. Especially in the second part.

Chris Paul. Transparent from start to finish, except for carrying the ball and turning the game around (9 assists), the ‘CP3’ made a hole last night and abandoned his teammates: 6 points, 1/6 shots. Just losing streak or do you really have to worry about it? Because it’s pretty unusual to see the Suns play better when their point guard is on the bench than when he’s on the floor. So much so that Monty Williams decided to simply do without the All-Star from him for the final seven minutes of the game!

Tim Hardaway Jr.. Quite a complicated recovery afternoon for the clumsy “THJ” (10 points, 3/10 in shots and 1/5 in 3 pts), while the Mavericks would have needed a good contribution from him, to compensate for Dorian’s discreet offensive performances Finney-Smith, JaVale McGee, Josh Green or even Maxi Kleber (11 points between them). Undoubtedly a matter of rhythm, for whom he had been away from the courts since last January.

THE CONTINUATION

Phoenix (1-0) : trip to Portland, in the evening from Friday to Saturday (04:00).

Dallas (0-1) : Memphis reception, in the evening from Saturday to Sunday (02:30).

phoenix / 107 Shots bounces
players Minimum Shots 3 points LF EITHER D T P.S party in you bp Connecticut +/- Points Classification
c.johnson 27 6/13 3/6 0/0 0 3 3 0 two 0 0 two -3 fifteen 13
mr bridges 41 5/10 0/2 3/4 3 8 eleven 1 4 0 two 1 +15 13 18
D. Ayton 30 8/11 0/0 23 1 9 10 two 4 1 1 0 +15 18 26
C.Paul 30 1/6 0/2 4/4 0 3 3 9 3 two 3 0 -9 6 12
D.Booker 41 10/20 1/1 7/7 1 3 4 9 3 0 two 1 +20 28 30
D. Saric two 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -8 0 -1
T. Craig 9 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 -7 two 3
J.Okogie 4 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 -8 0 -1
B. Biyombo 7 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 two two 1 two 0 1 0 -7 0 1
J. Landale 10 2/5 0/2 3/4 1 1 two 0 4 0 1 1 -6 7 5
C. Payne 19 3/7 1/2 0/0 1 0 1 1 3 1 two 0 +15 7 4
D. Lee twenty 4/8 3/5 0/0 0 two two two two 0 0 0 -7 eleven eleven
40/85 8/22 19/22 8 32 40 25 29 4 12 5 107 121
dallas / 105 Shots bounces
players Minimum Shots 3 points LF EITHER D T P.S party in you bp Connecticut +/- Points Classification
D. Finney-Smith 38 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 3 3 0 4 two 0 0 -10 5 8
bullock 30 3/6 3/5 1/1 0 two two 1 3 0 two 0 -eleven 10 8
J. mcgee 14 1/3 0/0 1/4 1 3 4 1 1 1 two 1 -5 3 3
S. Dinwiddie 28 6/11 3/5 0/2 1 3 4 3 4 0 0 0 +2 fifteen fifteen
L.Doncic 37 10/23 2/10 13/13 0 9 9 6 3 1 4 0 -sixteen 35 3. 4
mr kleber 26 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 4 5 1 two 0 0 1 +5 two 7
T.Hardaway Jr. 25 3/10 1/5 2/2 0 two two 1 1 1 two 0 -two 9 4
C.Wood 24 9/15 4/7 3/10 1 7 8 two two 0 1 1 +9 25 22
j green 18 0/0 0/0 1/2 two two 4 two two 1 1 1 +18 1 7
35/75 14/35 21/34 6 35 41 17 22 6 12 4 105 108

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