Mavs want to take their tremendous Game 6 performance into Game 7

Game 7.

It’s what NBA players live for when they were kids growing up playing basketball in the park, in their backyard or in their local gym. It’s the pressure surrounding the game, the fanfare, the adulation, and the oohs and aahs attached to a game with so much on the line that makes Game 7 a must-see TV event.

In a way, Game 7s are where reputations are made – good or bad. And it’s where memories are hatched and forever etched in everyone’s mind, and to be repeated over and over again for many years to come.

All of that is what’s at stake when the Dallas Mavericks square off against the Suns in Phoenix on Sunday in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals. The winner moves on to the conference finals against the Golden State-Memphis survivor.

The Mavs forced a Game 7 by trashing the Suns in Game 6 Thursday night at American Airlines Center, where they tied this series at 3-3 with a convincing 113-86 spanking. In outscoring Phoenix in all four quarters, the Mavs held the Suns to just 39.7 percent shooting from the field and also smothered the visitors into committing 22 turnovers, which Dallas flipped into 29 points.

“I really honestly think that the type of desperation we put in (Thursday) not wanting our season to end is something that we really need to bring into Game 7,” guard Jalen Brunson said.…

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