The Dallas Mavericks went down in a heap against the Golden State Warriors in basically the way we expected them to crumble to the Phoenix Suns in round two.
The two series were more similar than you might think through five games, but with one big huge mammoth difference.
- Game 1: Suns and Warriors both win Game 1 easily at home to take a 1-0 lead. Suns by 11, but led by nearly 30 at the beginning of the fourth quarter; Warriors by 25.
- Game 2: Suns and Warriors both win Game 2 easily at home to take commanding 2-0 series lead. Suns by 20; Warriors by 9.
- Game 4: Mavericks win both Game 4s easily, winning each by 10 points after leading by a wide margin the whole game.
- Game 5: Suns and Warriors both win Game 5 easily at home. Suns won by 30, while the Warriors won by 10.
That’s four of the first five games going almost exactly the same for both the Suns and the Warriors in their series against the Mavericks in the 2022 Playoffs, with the Suns/Warriors winning three of the four.
Of course, the massive, monumental difference was that middle game, Game 3, which changed the tenor of the ENTIRE series despite what happened in the next two.
By beating the Suns in Game 3 of the second round, the Mavericks were still alive after five games despite a 30-point Game 5…