NBA Playoffs: Dallas Mavericks win Thriller at Utah Jazz and are in the Conference Semifinals

The Dallas Mavericks have survived the first playoff round for the first time since 2011. In game 6 at Utah Jazz, nothing works in the first half, but then Luka Doncic and Co. turn up and win a thriller with 98:96 at Salzsee.

UTAH JAZZ (5) vs. Dallas Mavericks (4) 96:98 (BoxScore), series: 2-4

The Texans broke their playoff curse, and Doncic won a playoff series for the first time in his career. “It’s great, I’m really happy that we made it out of the first round. The past two years have been hard, but we learned something from last year. It was a bad game. is a strong team. I am glad that we are one round further. “

In the end, it was a real tremor that may have been decided in the last seconds by a consequent mistake. Gobert brought the hosts up to one point with a layup around 36 seconds before the end (97:96), in return a floater from Doncic only crashed over the French arm out of the ring. Quin Snyder decided against a timeout with eleven seconds on the clock and let the game run.

However, the jazz did not even come to the throw, after a step error Mike Conleys, the Mavs were again in possession of the ball. Jalen Brunson set a free throw, which continued to win Utah. In the remaining four seconds, Utah initially managed to provide Bojan Bogdanovic a lot of freedom with several screens, which then let Spencer Dinwiddie fly by with a shot fake – but the three of the Croatian bounced off the ring.

Doncic and his backcourt partner Brunson were the top scorers at the MAVS with 24 points each, the Slovenian also contributed 9 rebounds and 8 assists and scratched a triple double. Spencer Dinwiddie delivered a strong game from the bank (19 points), Dorian Finney-Smith (18) was also convincing. Maxi Kleber came to 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. The scoring was also spread over several shoulders among the hosts, Donovan Mitchell was the most successful thrower (23 points), followed by Bogdanovic (19) and Jordan Clarkson (15).

The first 12 minutes were a real defensive battle, in which both teams were out of the field at less than 40 percent. The Mavericks started ice cold from Downtown (0/10 3FG), the only bright spot on the offensive was Brunson (9 points, 4/6 FG). Mitchell found his rhythm (9, 4/7 FG) early in the hosts, but ultimately almost nothing went together for both teams – 21:15 Jazz.

Mavericks turn up after the break

The MAVS equalized early in the second quarter (22:22), since the orange leather finally found the way through the net (10/21 FG). But the hosts also let the ball run (11 assists), increasingly came to open looks and went one step further (13/20 FG). Utah made an 18: 5 run in front of the break, advantages in bench scoring (17:10) and the rebounds (26:17) resulted in a 12-point leadership of the jazz at the half.

The third quarter belonged solely to the Mavericks. After a strong ball movement, Dinwiddie put a threesome in the basket and completed an 8-0 run of the MAVS. The subsequent timeout of jazz coach Quin Snyder showed no effect, the guests continue to score at will and after another dinwiddie triple, the lead (72:70), the long-range shooting of the Texans was like a flame thrower in this phase (8/12 3FG). Doncic played the full 12 minutes and fired the course of the Mavericks with 10 points and a block against Gobert, from the point of view of Utah’s point of view, it went into the final section (72:77).

In the final phase, both teams had an open exchange of blows, with Dallas often patiently playing the ball along the perimeter until an open threes jumped out. Kleber, dinwiddie and Finney-Smith sank important shots, but jazz kept struck. Bogdanovic got the equalization (94:94) around two and a half minutes before final buzzer, Brunson provided the answer on the other – also from Downtown (97:94).

In the final phase, both teams had an open exchange of blows, with Dallas often patiently playing the ball along the perimeter until an open threes jumped out. Kleber, dinwiddie and Finney-Smith sank important shots, but jazz kept struck. Bogdanovic got the equalization (94:94) around two and a half minutes before final buzzer, Brunson provided the answer on the other – also from Downtown (97:94). Gobert shortened with a layup and delivered one on the defensive Strong shot contest against Doncic. Instead of taking a break, there was a jazz loss of ball through Conley. Ultimately, it was the decisive scene of the game, although the scene would have been forgotten if Bogdanovic had welded the threes through the reuse.

The Mavericks now meet the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the playoffs. These ended the regular season with the best balance sheet and defeated the New Orleans Pelicans with 4-2 in their first round series. Devin Booker returned there in the last game after his thigh injury and is expected to be ready for use against the MAVS. Game 1 takes place in the night of Tuesday at 4 a.m. German time.

NBA Playoffs – Mavericks vs. Jazz: The series at a glance (4-2)

Game Date Time Home About result
1 16. April 7 p.m. Dallas Mavericks Utah jazz 93:99
2 19. April 2.30 a.m. Dallas Mavericks Utah jazz 110: 104

3 | 22. April | 3 o’clock | Utah jazz | Dallas Mavericks | 118: 126
4 | 23. April | 10.30 p.m. | Utah jazz | Dallas Mavericks | 100: 99
5 | 26. April | 3.30 a.m. | Dallas Mavericks | Utah jazz | 102: 77
6 | 29. April | 4 o’clock | Utah jazz | Dallas Mavericks | 96:98

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