Suns season ends in blowout Game 7 loss to Mavericks

Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson looks at the scoreboard during the first half of Game 7 of...
Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson looks at the scoreboard during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)(Matt York | AP)
Published: May. 15, 2022 at 7:09 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- One of the most promising seasons in team history came to a disappointing end on Sunday, as the Phoenix Suns were eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

A cold-shooting night left the Suns behind by 30 points at the half on the way to a 123-90 loss that eliminated the team from the postseason. Suns stars Devin Booker, Chris Paul, and Deandre Ayton combined for just 26 points. Booker and Paul were a combined 0-for-11 shooting in the first half. Dallas guard Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 35 points.

Trailing by 42-points at the end of the third quarter, some fans began leaving early.

After posting a NBA-best 64-18 record and a first round series victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Dallas in the Western Conference Semifinals. However, the Mavericks even the series at two games a piece with victories in Dallas before Phoenix pulled ahead with a Game 5 win. Dallas forced the decisive win with a victory in Game 6.

Following last season’s run to the NBA Finals, expectations were immense for the Suns. The shocking second-round exit will lead to an early offseason with many critical questions facing the franchise.