Mavericks' Jason Kidd gets last laugh, takes shot at critics after eliminating Suns

Mavericks started the series down 2-0 and managed to come back to force a Game 7. Dallas routed Phoenix in Game 7, 123-90. The first-year Dallas coach clapped back against critics in the postgame press conference.

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Suns guard Chris Paul defends against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic during Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, 星期日, 可能 15, 2022, 在凤凰城.

Suns guard Chris Paul defends against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic during Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, 星期日, 可能 15, 2022, 在凤凰城. (美联社照片/马特·约克)

A lot of people had this as a blowout. They were right,” 基德说, 通过 Dallas Morning News. “But they didn’t have us as the winning team.

Mavericks sharpshooter Luka Doncic piled on 35 点数, 10 rebounds and four assists in the win. Dallas is back in the conference finals for the first time since 2011 when they eventually went on to defeat the 迈阿密热火 for an NBA championship. But first they’ll have to beat the Golden State Warriors.

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Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd talks with guard Jalen Brunson during the playoff series against the Suns, 可能 10, 2022, 在凤凰城.

Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd talks with guard Jalen Brunson during the playoff series against the Suns, 可能 10, 2022, 在凤凰城. (AP Photo/Ross D. 富兰克林)

Doncic added after the game he liked having to come back against the Suns.

I like these games. It’s pressure. I know we’re the underdogs. Everybody had the Suns to win,” 他 添加.

Spencer Dinwiddie added 30 points off the bench on 11-of-15 shooting. Jalen Brunson had 24 points and six rebounds. 东契奇, Dinwiddie and Brunson were the only Mavericks players in double figures.

Twelve of the 14 players who came onto the floor had a field goal.

Doncic and Dinwiddie were the first pair of teammates to score 30 points each since Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant did it for the 洛杉矶湖人队 在游戏中 7 of the Western Conference finals against the 萨克拉曼多国王 在 2002, 根据 ESPN Stats & 信息.

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after making a three-point basket against the Suns on May 15, 2022, 在凤凰城, 亚利桑那.

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after making a three-point basket against the Suns on May 15, 2022, 在凤凰城, 亚利桑那. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dallas will now face Golden State for the right to go to the NBA Finals. In their last matchup, Dallas beat Golden State 107-101. Doncic had 34 points in the win.

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