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Mavericks' Luka Doncic nets 33 to force Game 7 vs. Suns

Mavericks' Luka Doncic nets 33 to force Game 7 vs. Suns
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic recorded 33 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks in a playoff win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday in Dallas. Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA-EFE

May 13 (UPI) -- All-Star guard Luka Doncic scored a game-high 33 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a blowout win over the top-seeded Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference semifinals, forcing a Game 7 in the best-of-seven series.

Doncic also recorded 11 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in the 113-86 Game 6 victory Thursday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Suns will host the Mavericks in the series finale Sunday in Phoenix.

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"I don't care about statistics, as long as we win," Doncic told reporters. "We've got another game. ... It's fun. It's the playoffs and we will give our everything."

The Mavericks outscored the Suns 21-8 off fast breaks, 31-17 off the bench and 29-6 off turnovers in the 27-point victory. The game featured just three lead changes and was tied six times.

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Doncic scored 11 points over the first 12 minutes and the Mavericks took a three-point lead into the second quarter. They then outscored the Suns 32-20 to take a 60-45 lead at halftime.

The Mavericks outscored the Suns 53-41 over the final 24 minutes of the victory. The Suns shot a playoff-low 39.7% and totaled a season-high 22 giveaways in the loss.

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Mavericks forward Reggie Bullock scored 19 points in the win. Guard Jalen Brunson chipped in 18 for the Mavericks. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 15 off the Mavericks bench. Bullock and Dinwiddie made five 3-pointers apiece.

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Suns center Deandre Ayton scored 21 points and totaled 11 rebounds. Suns guard Devin Booker totaled 19 points in the loss.

The Suns will host the Mavericks at 3:30 or 8 p.m. EDT Sunday on TNT or ABC, based on the result of the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks game Friday in Milwaukee.

"We worked all season to have home-court advantage and get the last game in our house," Booker said. "It's exciting. It's Game 7. I've never been in a Game 7. It's going to be fun."

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