December 8, 2022

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NBA playoffs: Luka Doncic, Mavericks demolish Suns in Game 7

Good morning, I’m Dan Gartland. At least the hockey games were better than the NBA blowouts.

In today’s SI:AM:

☘️ “Call him Grant Curry now”

🏀 Luka Dončić matched the Suns’ first half by himself

📉 The Reds are going from bad to worse

So much for Game 7s

Everyone always says that the best two words in sports are “Game 7.” Well, not yesterday in the NBA. Both do-or-die games in the conference semifinals were laughers—especially the nightcap.

The Celtics won the first game of the day, beating the Bucks 109–81, behind a heroic 27-point performance from Grant Williams. At least that game was close for a while, though. The Suns, on the other hand, got downright embarrassed by the Mavs. The 123–90 final score doesn’t do it justice. Dallas raced out to a 57–27 halftime lead as Luka Dončić scored as many points as the entire Phoenix team. By the end of the third quarter, the lead had ballooned to 92–50. It was a shocking result for a Suns team that was supposed to be among the title favorites, as Rohan Nadkarni writes: