Morning-after thoughts: Luka, Bullock, depth all factored into Game 6 blowout

The NBA has a longstanding rule of thumb that the team that plays better almost always wins a playoff series.

Notice that theory doesn’t say that the better team almost always wins.

Right now, nobody can say with certainty who the better team is in this Western Conference semifinals between the Mavericks and Suns. But the team playing better – at the moment – is the Mavericks, thanks to their 113-86 spanking of the Suns in Game 6 Thursday.

Phoenix’s gaudy 64-18 regular-season record means nothing now. This series is tied at three wins apiece.

The Mavericks are one win – maybe one hot shooting night, one fluky play or one more really chilly night from Devin Booker or Chris Paul – from upsetting the Suns and moving on to the Western Conference finals.

The Suns are one home win away as Game 7 will be Sunday in Phoenix. It would be what everybody has expected from them. And it would have taken considerably longer than a lot of folks thought it would.

The Mavericks, in Jason Kidd’s terms, have had “a hell of a season,” no matter how this turns out.

It would be even better if they can keep the party going by proving they played better for seven games against the best team in the league for 82 games this season.

All they have to do is reprise Game 6’s greatness.

Speaking of which, let’s relive that…

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