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NBA - US Sports: Doncic urges Mavs to pick up the pace

Luka Doncic says Dallas Mavericks have to show more urgency in their attacking play if they are to fight back against top seeds Phoenix Suns.

(This article was originally published on 12.05.2022)

Phoenix hold a 3-2 series lead ahead of Game 6 in Dallas on Thursday and they are 10/13 to win in the Money Line and secure a series victory, while the Mavs can be backed at 11/10.

Suns hit back to regain lead

The Suns won the first two games, but were then pegged back by Dallas, before the Western Conference top seeds reclaimed the series lead with a blowout 110-80 win in Arizona on Tuesday.

Another defeat on Thursday would see Dallas' season come to an end and star man Doncic says they have to improve on offense if they are to draw level and force a decider.

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Phoenix limited Dallas to just 80 points on Tuesday - the Mavs' lowest total during the postseason and the first time they have failed to score at least 90 since March.

Doncic, who managed a joint game-high 28 points in Game 5, says a similar offensive display from his team on Thursday will see their season ended by the Suns.

Pace crucial Doncic warns

"The one thing we didn't do great today was our pace," Doncic told USA Today. "In the last two games, our pace was very good. I think they are one of the best defensive teams, if not the best, in the NBA.

"They held us to 80, that's pretty impressive. We've got to move the ball and have better pace - faster."

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