Luka Doncic and Dallas force Game 7 with lopsided win over Phoenix

Doncic scored 33 points and Dallas hit 16 3-pointers in the win

The Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns are going to Game 7. Luka Doncic and the Mavericks cruised to a 113-86 win on their home court in Game 6 on Thursday night to tie the second-round series, 3-3. Dallas never looked back after taking a 15-point lead into halftime and hit 16 3-pointers in the lopsided win.

Doncic led all scorers with 33 points to go with 11 rebounds and eight assists. Reggie Bullock and Jalen Brunson helped the Mavs cause, combining for 37 points.

The Suns, who were coming off a 30-point victory in Game 5, once again struggled on the road. Chris Paul had only 13 points on seven field-goal attempts. Devin Booker scored 19, but missed all four of his 3-pointers.

Game 7 is set for Sunday in Phoenix. The home team has won every game in the series, and Phoenix will try to continue that trend and reach the Western Conference finals for the second year in a row. The Mavericks, meanwhile, are looking for their first conference finals berth since 2011. Here are the major takeaways from Game 6.

Reggie Bullock scored 19 points for Dallas, going 5 of 11 from 3-point range after being held scoreless and getting just five shots total in Game 5. Jalen Brunson added 18, and Spencer Dinwiddie had a series-high 15, all on 3s (5 of 7).

Doncic played through an apparent left leg injury that sent him to the locker room when he would have been out of the game anyway in the second quarter. He returned to the bench and rode a stationary bike before re-entering the game.

Soon after, the Mavericks went on a decisive 19-5 run to finish the first half, turning a two-point lead into a 60-45 halftime edge.

It was a home-team replay of the third quarter from Game 5, when Phoenix went on a 17-0 run for an 18-point lead and ended up winning by 30.

Doncic, who had 11 rebounds and eight assists, fought his shot while fighting the injury early, but had a 3 on the late first-half run and scored 10 in the third to help the Mavericks push their lead to 22 (94-72).

Paul avoided the problems with fouls that cost the Suns in the second loss in Dallas. But he was never much of a factor, getting just seven shots.

Booker was stuck on eight points while Dallas pulled away in the second and third quarters, opening the second half with a miss on an ill-advised 3 and not scoring again until the Suns were down 21 late in the third.

”I think we won this game on the defensive end,” Doncic said. ”We’ve got another game. That’s fun. It’s playoffs, and we’re going to give our energy.”