After not scoring a single point in Tuesday’s 30 -point loss to the Phoenix Suns, Reggie Bullock knew there was one. conversation he undoubtedly must have.
A conversation with his mom.
Whatever Bullock’s mother told him, it worked. With encouragement from his mother, Bullocks chipped in 19 points and collected two steals on Thursday and the Dallas Mavericks tied their best-of-seven series against the Suns at 3-3 with a convincing 113-86 lead. victory at the American Airlines Center.
“I just knew I had to get up,” Bullock said. “I talked to my mom and she gave me a lot of energy. The family just gave me a lot of energy just to keep shooting the ball.
“Obviously, I didn’t get a lot of shots in the last game, but we’re a team. Some nights you take a few shots, some nights you don’t. I’m just trying to be aggressive in any look that is. I have it. ”
Bullock was 0-of-5 from the field in Game 5, and coach Jason Kidd said “it just happens” that players sometimes have off-night due to any number of circumstances.
“It’s hard to score when you turn the ball over,” Kidd said. “We denied the ball (18 times in Game 5). The boys didn’t see the last game.
“If you return the ball multiple times against a very good team, the boys don’t get shots. We take care of the ball (Thursday with only seven turnovers). Reggie had a great look earlier. ”
In addition to converting 7-of-15 shots from the field-including 5-of-11 from three-point land-Bullock was a panic on the defensive end of the court. After first guarding pointguard Chris Paul in the first five games of this series, Bullock discovered on Thursday that he would be guarding shooting guard Devin Booker in Game 6.
The results: Booker struggled to finish with just 19 points on 6-of-17 shooting, and seven of his points came at the free throw line. He was also 0-of-4 from three-point land, marking the first time in the playoffs this year that he failed to make a three-pointer.
“We asked (Bullock) to watch everything, and he was ready for the challenge,” Kidd said. “I started him at Booker to see what was going to happen there, just to make it hard.
“Booker is a fantastic player. But Reg, I think, we did a good job.”
It was a tough challenge for Bullock considering Booker had scored 28 or more points in three of the first five games of this series.
“I knew we were going to make changes,” Bullock said. “It’s just a game plan put together by the coach.
I found out today that I was going to (Booker), but this was just a different assignment for me. He’s a good player, he’s a strong player. I’m just trying to make him feel better. ”
From the perspective of point guard Luka Doncic, even if Bullock’s shot doesn’t fall, he knows how to find other ways to make some meaningful contributions.
“Sometimes the shots don’t come in, but he’s a good shooter and a good defender,” Doncic said. “He helped us tonight.”
Guard Jalen Brunson knows the key to getting Bullock into a shooting rhythm.
“He got a lot of shots, simple and straightforward,” Brunson said. “He is a sniper.
“The way he plays on both sides of the ball is very nice. It’s something we’ve been looking forward to, so I’m proud of him tonight. ”
In return, Bullock was proud that he and his teammates were able to prevent elimination and extended this series into the seventh game while bringing home the sold -out crowd of 20,777 in a happy state.
“We have some dogs here,” Bullock said. “This team, we’ve been grinding it all season. I’m sure no one won us Game 7, but we kept our heads (and) kept working.
“We believe in our abilities that we put on both ends of the floor. We believe in the teaching staff. The fans gave us a lot of energy at home, and we just went out and pulled it off tonight.
And some help from his mom, Bullock insults, was also crucial to his Game 6 performance.
“My mom was a warrior and a winner her whole life,” he said. “He won’t back down to the left, and I got that from my mom when it comes to basketball.
“Lots of family support. You need that all the time. Loved ones are the most important, and they just give me a lot of energy and I just go out and perform for them.
HARRISON FINISHED IN TOP 10: Nico Harrison, the Mavs general manager and president of basketball operations, finished 10thth to vote for the NBA’s Executive of the Year award, announced Thursday.
Zach Kleiman-the general manager and executive vice-president of basketball operations for the Memphis Grizzlies-won the award.
Taken on June 28, Harrison brought in Reggie Bullock, Spencer Dinwiddie, Davis Bertans, Frank Ntilikina, Sterling Brown, Marquese Chriss and Theo Pinson this season. His moves helped the Mavs get out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
“Nico will continue to improve,” said coach Jason Kidd. “This is his first year. Unfortunately, he came in at 10th. It’s good on the inside.
“At least he’s not under the pack, so that’s a good thing.”
MUBO: Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, Arizona Cardinals/Allen High School quarterback Kyler Murray, Indiana Pacers/Euless Trinity High School center Myles Turner and Cleveland Browns/Arlington Martin High School defensive end Myles Garrett were among those who attended the game on Thursday. . .At a 4:10 mark in the third quarter, the Mavs scored their 80 points. They only had 80 points throughout Game 5.. .In recognition of the work given to the fans Thursday, guard Jalen Brunson said: “Thank you to the fans for just making it hard for them.” Luka Doncic was kicked in the face by Suns center Deandre Ayton with 4:01 left in the third quarter. But after reviewing the game, Ayton was charged with technical foul and mockery. “It’s good that I have a big head and a stubborn head,” Doncic said. “That’s why I say Bobie (Boban Marjanovic) is the best trash talker (on the team). He said, ‘I wish Ayton’s elbow was good because your head is so big.’ “Doncic said Theo Pinson is probably the best trash talker on the team. Then he stopped and thought about it and said: “Maybe Boban. But just against me. He’s just rubbish talking to me. ”