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Doncic’s 36 points spur Mavericks to NBA Finals with 124-103 toppling of Timberwolves in Game 5

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Luka Doncic showcased his brilliance on the court, effortlessly sinking shots from all angles, silencing the crowd with his trademark grin as the Dallas Mavericks delivered a masterful performance. This marked the rising star’s maiden journey to the NBA Finals.

Doncic exploded for 20 points in the opening quarter, culminating in a staggering 36-point performance, the pinnacle of his postseason prowess. The Mavericks cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves with a resounding 124-103 victory, wrapping up the Western Conference finals in just five games.

Joining Doncic in the spotlight was Kyrie Irving, who mirrored his teammate’s scoring feat with another 36-point display. The Mavericks dominated from the get-go, establishing a commanding 29-point lead by halftime, shooting an impressive 61% from the field and leaving the once-enthusiastic crowd deflated before the halftime snacks.

With a staggering 36-point lead in the third quarter, the Mavericks consistently disrupted the Timberwolves’ offense, leaving them in disarray. As the No. 5 seed in the West, the Mavericks now enjoy a week-long rest before the NBA Finals commence in Boston on June 6, marking their first appearance since clinching the championship in 2011.

Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns led the charge for the Timberwolves with 28 points each, but they couldn’t contend with the dynamic duo of Doncic and Irving, who dismantled their defense with precision. Despite their valiant efforts, the Wolves fell short, succumbing to the Mavericks’ offensive onslaught.

Doncic’s dominant performance set the tone early on, hitting shots from all over the court and exchanging banter with courtside fans after each swish. His unshakeable confidence and infectious joy permeated throughout the game, despite the occasional disputes with officials.

The Mavericks welcomed back 7-foot-1 rookie Dereck Lively II, bolstering their rim protection alongside Gafford. Together, they thwarted the Timberwolves’ attempts to penetrate the paint, reaffirming their defensive prowess.

While Edwards showcased his scoring prowess, the Timberwolves struggled to find their rhythm against the Mavericks’ suffocating defense. Their offensive woes were evident throughout the game, highlighting the team’s need for further refinement.

As the final seconds of the second quarter dwindled, the Timberwolves failed to capitalize on opportunities, exemplifying their struggles against the Mavericks’ relentless defensive pressure. Despite their setbacks, the Mavericks celebrated yet another defensive triumph, paving the way for their triumphant march to the NBA Finals.