Mavericks beat the Suns in Game 3 by playing their own way, creating joy for every Dallas fan

 Luka Doncic had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Dallas turned up the defensive pressure to get back in their Western Conference semifinal series with Phoenix.

The Mavericks spoiled Chris Paul's 37th birthday, forcing the 17-year pro into his most turnovers in any half of a playoff game with seven before the break.

Dallas cut the Suns' series lead to 2-1 and ended an 11-game losing streak against Phoenix, regular season included. Game 4 is Sunday in Dallas.

Paul didn't have any more turnovers after halftime, but the Suns finally struggled with their shooting when they weren't turning it over.

Doncic just missed a triple-double with nine assists, while Jalen Brunson led Dallas with 28 points after struggling in the two losses in Phoenix when Doncic averaged

Jae Crowder scored 19 for Phoenix, but the Mavericks limited the impacted of Devin Booker in much the same way they did Paul.

Booker scored 18 but was just 2 of 7 inside the three-point line, and Paul had 12 on just nine shots (five made).

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