The Suns-Mavericks Game 5 on Tuesday night taught us three things.

On Tuesday, the Phoenix Suns beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-80 to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals.

On Tuesday night, the Phoenix Suns beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-80 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven NBA series after losing the previous two games in Dallas.

The Suns now hold a 3-2 lead over the Mavericks in this series and are one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Finals for the second year in a row.

Phoenix's offence still had trouble finding its rhythm from beyond the arc, but the Suns' defence stepped up and they made the most of their advantages.

Head coach Monty Williams and his staff reverted to this strategy in Game 5 because it worked so well in the first two games of the series.

A 38-percent shooting percentage from the field kept Dallas to 80 points on Tuesday.

Two wins in this series came from the Mavericks' three-point shooting, but they were just 8-32 (25 percent) from beyond the arc in this matchup..

Dallas will host Game 6 of this series on Thursday night, and it's expected to be a rough one.

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