Suns Slide Past Doncic’s Mavs, Pacers Beat Warriors In OT

Jonathan Grant | January 21st, 2022

Three games were on the schedule on a quiet Thursday night in the NBA, but there was still plenty left to talk about. The Phoenix Suns stopped the close-to-scorching hot Dallas Mavericks’ four-game winning streak with a 109-101 road win. Luka Doncic delivered a strong showing, scoring 28 points and coming up two rebounds and two assists shy of a triple-double, but that wasn’t enough as the Mavs failed to win for the 11th time in 12 attempts. The Suns got typically great play from their two guards in the win as Devin Booker dropped 28 and Chris Paul scored 20 and dished out 11 assists. The fact the latter had zero turnovers for the entirety of the game also shows just how well he played. In addition to that, he hit the game-sealer late in the fourth quarter when he made a three-pointer with a face in his face and 30 seconds on the clock.

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That handed Phoenix its fifth consecutive win as they look to be heading toward another big run. Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors lost to the struggling and undermanned Indiana Pacers at home in overtime on the evening. Steph Curry scored 39 points for the hosts, but the team as a whole was impatient and didn’t play well, allowing the Pacers to pull off a pretty sizable shock given the circumstances around the two teams leading into this affair. Chris Duarte led the way for the Pacers with 27, but it was their ability to spread the scoring loadout (all five starters had over ten points and seven total players had double-digits) that really unlocked the victory. Klay Thompson’s shooting from deep didn’t help, either, as the recently-returned star missed all seven shots from deep in the Warriors’ loss. In the only other game on the night, the New Orleans Pelicans went to MSG and defeated the New York Knicks 102-91 in a match-up between two teams under the .500 mark.

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