May 4, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) reacts after scoring a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half in game two of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The two NBA postseason series played on Tuesday both saw the Game 1 loser even the series with a Game 2 win. Wednesday also featured two games and in both cases, the trailing team definitively did not tie the series.

In Wednesday’s first game, the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed, the Miami Heat, routed the Philadelphia 76ers to go up 2-0. The Phoenix Suns, the top seed in the Western Conference, did the same thing against the Dallas Mavericks.

Dallas actually held a halftime lead, going up 60-58 at halftime. But the second half belonged to Phoenix. The Suns outscored the Mavericks 31-23 in the third quarter, then put the game away with a dominant 40-26 fourth quarter to win 129-109.

The NBA world was left impressed by Phoenix’s Game 2 performance.

The series is not yet over, but the Suns absolute control of things.

Phoenix had the NBA’s best record during the regular season. Dallas will also have to win at least once on the road to win the series. Given that the Suns 32-9 record at home was the best in the NBA, that will be tough. Beating the Suns, in general, has been something the Mavericks have struggled to do for a long time.

To beat Phoenix, Dallas will need to give Luka Dončić help on both offense and defense. His 35 points led both teams on Wednesday but that was not nearly enough to win. That was partially because the Suns made attacking Dončić a primary part of their offensive game plan.

That strategy went well for Phoenix. Devin Booker led the Suns with 30 points while Chris Paul had 28.

And if Dallas can’t find a way to limit the output of the Phoenix backcourt, this will not be a long series.

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