Mavs Dominate Thunder in Game 5, Look to Close Out Series at Home

Oklahoma City Thunder (W1) – Dallas Mavericks (W5) 92:104 (BOXSCORE), Series: 2-3

This means that the Mavs can complete their second Conference Finals participation in three years at their home American Airlines Center on Sunday night. Doncic played his best game of the series, recording 31 points (12/22 FG, 5/11 3P), 10 rebounds and 11 assists in 42 minutes. “I just wanted to concentrate on basketball and have fun. That was the old Luka, who always has a smile on his face,” said Doncic after the game. The X factor for Dallas was the outstanding Derrick Jones Jr., who contributed 19 points (7/9 FG, 3/5 3P) and hit all six of his throws in the first half.

PJ Washington (10, 4/9, 10 rebounds) wasn’t a factor for a long time, but delivered big plays in crunch time. Kyrie Irving (12, 5/11 FG, 2/2 threes) remained inconspicuous, but once again put himself fully into the service of the team.

For the Thunder, Shai Gilgeous Alexander (30, 12/21 FG, 7 assists), who was once again outstanding, received too little support, especially from outside (10/40 3P). Lu Dort (12, 2/8 3P) and Isaiah Joe (6, 2/8 3P) in particular should feel addressed here. Chet Holmgren (13, 5/11) only came into his own in the fourth quarter, Jalen Williams (12, 6/13) remained pale again.

2024-05-16 04:01:27
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