News ID: 321646
Published: 1043 GMT May 16, 2022

Mavs, Celtics advance as Bucks, Suns exit NBA playoffs

Mavs, Celtics advance as Bucks, Suns exit NBA playoffs

Luka Doncic (77) of the Mavericks shoots against the Suns during Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference semi-finals in Phoenix, AZ, US, on May 15, 2022.

Luka Doncic led a stunning Dallas Mavericks rout of the top-seeded Phoenix Suns while the Boston Celtics eliminated the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks on a day of NBA playoff upsets.

In Phoenix, Slovenian superstar Doncic led a total eclipse of the Suns as Dallas clinched a 4-3 series victory with an extraordinary 123-90 thrashing of the Western Conference favourites on Sunday, AFP reported.

The Suns had entered the playoffs boasting the best record in basketball after a 64-win regular season and were tipped by many to return to the NBA Finals for a second straight season.

But the Suns' dreams of a championship were incinerated by a red-hot shooting performance from Doncic and the Mavs, who will now advance to a showdown with the Golden State Warriors starting on Wednesday.

Doncic finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds and four assists while team-mate Spencer Dinwiddie provided scoring support with 30 points, including five three-pointers.

There was a similar sense of deflation amongst the Bucks players after their reign as NBA champions ended in a convincing 109-81 Game 7 defeat to the Celtics in Boston.

Celtics forward Grant Williams produced a deadly display of scoring from three-point range at the TD Garden as Boston advanced to the conference finals against the Miami Heat.

Williams led the three-point blitzkrieg with seven threes in his 27-point haul. Jayson Tatum made five-of-nine threes to finish with 23 points.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 25 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists.





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