In the Western Conference Finals, things are getting interesting as the Dallas Mavericks had claimed Game 4 where Luka drove his team to a win. With the Golden State Warriors having homecourt advantage, they plan to close out the series, already having a 3-1 lead. The Mavericks will try to replicate last games’ performance in order to stay in the playoffs and probably upset the Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors went with their starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney. The Dallas Mavericks started with Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell.
With the opening tip, Kevon Looney opened the Warriors scoring with a turnaround hook shot in the interior. They then proceed to go on a 9-2 lead before the Mavericks cut them off. The Warriors held the momentum of the quarter as they were scoring at their own pace. Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins charged the Warriors assault as they focused on their strengths and took advantage of it.
Doncic handled the ball for most of the Mavericks possession and he was shooting and making plays for his team. While he was getting the ball to the players, his own shooting was way off target as he just shot 20% from the field.
In the 2nd quarter, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole went on the offensive. Klay made his shot from beyond the arc and gave the Warriors some much needed floor spacing while Poole takes on the task of attacking the rim and making midrange jump shots. Spencer Dinwiddie tried to fend the Warriors off but that wasn’t enough. Luka completely disappeared and struggled immensely to shoot his shots. The Warriors held a comfortable lead in the end of the 1st half with a score of 69-52.
In the 3rd quarter, Luka Doncic put the team on his back as he went on the complete offensive. He propelled the Mavericks to a scoring run but the Warriors weren’t far away. They kept their offense steady despite Doncic’s attack.
In the final quarter, both teams moved the ball well and took their time on the offense. While the Warriors were ahead, the Mavericks were running out of time as the Warriors keep matching their scoring. They needed a burst from someone at some point but there was nobody stepping up. The clock kept ticking and the Mavericks’ playoff run ended with the final whistle.
Klay Thompson led both teams in scoring putting up 32 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. Andrew Wiggins followed him up with a double-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Draymond Green had a scoring burst as he put up 17 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and a block. Kevon Looney was the difference maker in the closeout as he put up 10 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists.
Luka Doncic led the Mavericks on scoring with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal. Spencer Dinwiddie came off the bench to follow him up with 26 points, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Dorian Finney-Smith did a little bit of everything putting up 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block.
The Warriors to the Finals
The Golden State Warriors have clinched the series with a Game 5 win of 119-109. They are now in their way to the Finals after their last appearance being in 2019 Finals. The Warriors won the Oscar Robertson Western Conference Finals Cup and continue to be the title favorites. The newly declared Magic Johnson Western Conference MVP was bagged by Stephen Curry which wasn’t a surprise.
What next season holds for the Mavericks
For the Dallas Mavericks, this is the end of their playoff run. They have gone through some tough matchups despite having just one All-Star. Luka Doncic’s dominance in the playoff needs to be appreciated especially what he did to the Phoenix Suns. Things are just starting for them as they need a few pieces to win the championship and it can be said that Luka Doncic is going to come with a vengeance in the next season.