In a video seen on social media, a fan wearing a Mavericks jersey is escorted out of the building with an angry Paul shouting, “Hey! Hey! Hey! See you later! See you later!” It is unclear whether the fan is the one who allegedly had physical contact with Paul’s family.
In a statement to CNN, the Mavericks said: “The Dallas Mavericks are aware of an incident between a fan and the family of Chris Paul. This was unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated. The Mavericks, as well as the ‘American Airlines Center, quickly removed the fan from today’s game.
On the court, Paul recorded more fouls than points for the first time in his playoff career, finishing with six fouls and five points, the first time he was fouled since 2018.
“I can’t put myself in situations to give [the referees] that ability to do it,” Paul said according to ESPN. “I just have to look at myself and figure out how to be better.”
Consequently, the Suns found themselves without Paul early in the fourth quarter, and the Mavs – led by Luka Doncic’s 26 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists – took advantage of his absence.
Although Doncic shot just 1-for-10 from downtown, the rest of his team made up for it, scoring 19-for-34 from behind the three-point line while the Suns could only muster 9-for-25.
Dorian Finney-Smith contributed with a playoff career-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds for the Mavs, including three straight midway through the fourth.
“Luka said to me when I had five threes, he was like, ‘You’re about to have more,'” Finney-Smith, who completed a playoff record short, told reporters. Dallas franchise playoff of nine triples. “When LD told you you were about to have another three, I thought I was going to have some.”
It was a remarkable turnaround from the Mavs, who rebounded from being blown out by the Suns in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
“We understand this is a series and this is the playoffs for a reason,” Devin Booker told the media after the game, after leading the way for the Suns with 35 points and seven assists.
“The best teams in the NBA are here and nobody wants to lose. So just take it all in, gut this game and go out with the right mentality. If we worry about the last two games all the time, I think we are at a disadvantage.”
Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday in Phoenix.
76ers series tie 2-2
Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers overcame Jimmy Butler’s 40-point performance to beat the Miami Heat 116-108 in Philly on Sunday night to tie their playoff series 2-2.
But Embiid’s return, complete with protective mask, helped Philly float. The Cameroonian had 24 points and 11 rebounds, while James Harden had his best game of the series, collecting 31 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and shooting 6 of 10 from deep.
“It’s just that James is James,” Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said after the game. “I felt like he was going to have a big game tonight. You can just feel it.”
The 76ers took an eight-point lead into the break, shooting nearly 64% from the field in the first half.
However, Philly couldn’t retire as the team committed 16 turnovers which Miami converted into 24 points.
Butler did his best to keep the Heat in the game with his heavy scoring load to carry the team, but it wasn’t enough for Miami as the rest of the team didn’t do much to help. to help.
“We need to be a defensive team again,” Butler told reporters after the game. “I have to go back and watch like everyone else and see how I can involve everyone and make everyone comfortable.”
To further complicate matters for the Heat, guard Kyle Lowry re-injured his left hamstring, which made him doubtful for Game 5.
The Heat hope to settle their offensive and defensive play for Game 5, which takes place Tuesday in Miami.
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