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The Dallas Mavericks win Thriller at the Utah Jazz and advance to the conference semifinals

The Dallas Mavericks have passed the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2011. In Game 6 with the Utah Jazz nothing works in the first half, but then Luka Doncic and his teammates raise the fire and win a thriller with 98:96 at the lake savory.

Utah Jazz (5) v 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 to have made it through the first round. The last two years have been tough, but we learned something from last year. It was a bad game. Utah broke their asses and they are a strong team. I’m glad we got through a round. “

In the end it was a real headache, perhaps decided by a major mistake in the last few seconds. Gobert got the hosts to the point with a layup about 36 seconds left (97:96), in return, a Doncic float bounced off the Frenchman’s outstretched arm and only bounced in the ring. With eleven seconds left, Quin Snyder decided to avoid a timeout and let the game go.

However, the Jazz have not even made it to the shot, after a mistake by Mike Conley in passing, the Mavs have regained possession. Jalen Brunson missed a free throw, giving Utah another chance to win. In the remaining four seconds, Utah first managed to give Bojan Bogdanovic plenty of room with several screens, who then let Spencer Dinwiddie pass with a fake shot – but the Croatian’s triple bounced back into the ring.

Doncic and his defensive mate Brunson were the top scorers of the Mavs with 24 points each, the Slovenian also contributed 9 rebounds and 8 assists and scored a triple double. Spencer Dinwiddie played a strong game from the bench (19 points) and Dorian Finney-Smith (18) was also convincing. Maxi Kleber scored 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. The hosts also scored from more shoulders, Donovan Mitchell was the most successful pitcher (23 points), followed by Bogdanovic (19) and Jordan Clarkson (15).

The first 12 minutes were a normal defensive battle with both teams less than 40% off the pitch. The Mavericks started cold as ice from the center (0/10 3FG), the only positive point in attack was Brunson (9 points, 4/6 FG). Mitchell soon found his rhythm with the hosts (9, 4/7 FG), but in the end both teams played next to nothing together in attack – 9.15pm Jazz.

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