‘Told y’all Luka,’ NBA world reacts to Mavs’ Game 7 rout of Suns

    Tory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports.

So this Luka Doncic guy, huh? The 2022 NBA playoffs took an interesting turn on Sunday when the Dallas Mavericks dismantled the Phoenix Suns 123-90.

The lopsided Dallas win ensured that for the first time since 2011, neither of the top two seeds will be playing in the Western Conference finals. In the day’s first Game 7, the Boston Celtics blew out the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks earlier in the day.

Doncic’s heroics (35 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes) were a stark contrast to the woes of Phoenix stars Devin Booker and Chris Paul, who were both held scoreless in the first half. Another Mav, Spencer Dinwiddie, had himself a night off the bench, scoring a playoff career-high 30 points.

In the least shocking development of the day, the untimely postseason exit of the NBA’s only 64-win team had the association talking.

Whether it was bemoaning whatever the heck was going on with the Suns or basking in the glow of Doncic and Dinwiddie’s conference championship berth-worthy performance, NBA Twitter didn’t hold back:

Game musings …

Luka praise …

Love for Dinwiddie …

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