NBA Playoffs: Dallas Mavericks put exclamation points in Game 5 vs. Jazz

What an exclamation point Mavs! Dallas did brief work with the Utah Jazz in Game 5 to take the series 3-2 with a comfortable 102-77 blowout victory. Luka Doncic is unstoppable, the Mavs defense freezes Utah completely.

33 minutes was enough for the Slovenian to make little wood out of jazz. Doncic scored 33 points (11/22 FG, 3/10 threes), snatched 13 rebounds and handed out 5 assists. He scored 19 points alone in the crucial third quarter when Dallas got going (29:19).

But even in the first half, the Mavericks posed their opponents from the Salt Lake for huge problems. The jazz never got started, while they did not get hold of the Mavs offensive. Brunson contributed 24 points to the blowout (9/20 FG, 1/7 three), otherwise only Dorian Finney-Smith (13) had a double-digit result. Maxi Kleber held back offensively (0 points, 5 rebounds).

On the other hand, Donovan Mitchell was not a factor at all. The guard finished the match with 9 points on 4/15 from the field – to make matters worse he injured his thigh on a drive in the fourth quarter. Jordan Clarkson (20) was still the best jazz scorer, Rudy Gobert came with a double-double (17 and 11 rebounds).

Both teams went into match 5 without changes after Doncic ‘Wade passed the endurance test in the previous game. The Slovenian entered the zone well from the start with drives, as did his teammates, and kept finding Powell. A small dunk festival by the Mavs Bigs gave Dallas an early 16-8 lead.

In Jazz, on the other hand, almost nothing went together offensively, all 7 three-point attempts in the first division ended in the ring. However, the visitors benefited from 5 Mavs turnovers and an advantage on penalty throws. After the first quarter, it was only 24:18 to Dallas.

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