5 takeaways from Suns' Game 5 romp against Mavericks

1. Phoenix’s 3rd-quarter perfection

Coming off the defeats in Games 3 and 4, Williams fought off the urge to overdo it with adjustments for Game 5. He admitted the thought was “something that’s been on my mind since I got on the plane and left Dallas.”

2. ‘Chris and Book are coming’

That’s the warning Mavericks coach Jason Kidd issued to his team in the lead-up to Game 5 because he knew Paul wouldn’t struggle for three consecutive games.

3. Doncic on the big stage

Doncic tied Booker for the game-high in scoring (28 points), but he finished with just two assists and four turnovers in the Mavericks’ loss.

4. Ayton gets his wish

Deandre Ayton expressed a desire to “get back to Game 1, period” during Tuesday’s shootaround. Ayton poured in 25 points to go with eight rebounds on 20 shots to start out this series. He’s put up 20 shots in just two of his 11 playoff outings in 2021-22.

5. Some history for Phoenix

Phoenix limited the Mavericks to just 80 points in Game 5, marking just the sixth time in franchise history the Suns held an opponent to 80 points or fewer in a postseason outing. If you didn’t know, the Suns are 6-0 in those games.