By the numbers: Wildest stats from Mavs' Game 7 blowout over Suns
This probably wasn't the result anyone expected.
The lopsided result produced plenty of wild stats and numbers that deserve a closer look.
5 - It's now the fifth time Suns star Chris Paul has lost a series after going up 2-0, which includes last year's Finals collapse to the Milwaukee Bucks. He's the only player with that dubious distinction in NBA history.
17 - Deandre Ayton played just 17 minutes in Sunday's Game 7, his lowest in the playoffs over 35 career games. When asked why the center featured so sparingly - including zero minutes in the fourth quarter - Suns head coach Monty Williams only said "It's internal," per Sports Illustrated's Rohan Nadkarni.
27 - A combination of Phoenix being so out of sorts and Luka Doncic coming out firing early delivered a mystifying phenomenon at the half - the Slovenian superstar matched the entire Suns team with 27 total points.
33 - Dallas' 33-point shellacking is now tied for the fifth-largest margin of victory ever in a Game 7, courtesy of Stathead:
|May 7 2005||Mavericks||Rockets||40|
|April 6 1948||Warriors||Bombers||39|
|April 9 1970||Lakers||Suns||35|
|May 4 2008||Celtics||Hawks||34|
|May 1 2016||Heat||Hornets||33|
|May 15 2022||Mavericks||Suns||33|
38, 9.3, 8.8 - Doncic hits another level in elimination games, averaging 38 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 8.8 assists in the four must-win matchups throughout his young career. In those contests, he scored 38, 46, 33, and, now, 35 points.
+164/-180 - The accumulated plus-minus numbers for the Mavericks' and Suns' starters, respectively, illustrate just how one-sided this game was. Reggie Bullock was a team-high plus-44 for Dallas in 32 minutes, while Devin Booker's minus-41 was the worst mark for Phoenix.
$571,427 - Dinwiddie had a little extra incentive to win Game 7, securing more than a half-million bonus for reaching the conference finals, according to basketball insider Marc Stein.
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