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.
Dallas Mavericks break up jazz
But from the second round, only the Texans played. First, Finney-Smith finished from the center a little dry period, then Brunson and Doncic took matters into their own hands. Dallas withdrew with a 20-4 run, the icing on the cake being one-and-one from Doncic after beating Gobert with several pump forgeries. Utah, on the other hand, remained without a point for more than six minutes, Dallas’ lead increased to 52:36 at the break.
The almost identical picture was also seen in the second half. The Mavs offensive got just about anything it wanted – at the other end, a layup attempt by Mitchell ended up as an airball. A wide-open transition three-pointer from Brunson set to +22, then things got even worse from a jazz perspective.
Doncic went two stepback triangles in a row accompanied and brought the party at the American Airlines Center to the boiling point. In the middle of the third quarter, Doncic had more points in this division than the entire Jazz team (14:10) – and the 23-year-old did not think to stop at all. Three more raised to +33! The match was actually over after 36 minutes (81:55).
Quietly and secretly, Utah started another 17: 5 race and Doncic had to get back on track. Then it got hot, Hassan Whiteside cleared the Slovenian violently in a dunk attempt, Mavs’ teammates did not like it at all. After a fight, Whiteside was sent off and Reggie Bullock also had to take a shower after another technical error.
However, this no longer had any effect on the outcome. Shortly after, Doncic’s working day was over and he was replaced with +29 to great applause. Then fans focused on “We Want Boban” chants. Game 6 of the series in Salt Lake City is scheduled for Friday night.
The most important statistic
Dallas Mavericks (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5) 102: 77 (BOXSCORE), Series: 3-2
- Mavs’ defense was history in the first half. Utah has the fewest points in a first half of the entire season (36) – whether it’s regular season or playoffs. Mavs has loud ESPN not allowed so few points in the first half of the post-season since May 2011 (against OKC).
Jazz’s horror numbers in the first half: measly 14/40 attempts slipped through the trap (35 percent) from the field, absolutely nothing went, especially from the center (2/17 three-pointers). It did not get better as the match progressed (3/30 – negative playoff record with at least 25 attempts) and has already run through the entire series (32.5 percent three-point ratio in the first four matches).
The Texans have only managed to keep their opponents at 77 points or less four times in Mavs playoff history. Most recently in April 2009 against the San Antonio Spurs, the rival had only 67 points. Across the league, no team has allowed fewer points in the off-season since 2019 (Celtics vs. Pacers: 84:74).
- Utah were lucky that the Mavs did not make a three-pointer in the first half either (5/21), but that changed thanks to the furious Doncic in the third quarter. Incidentally: The 19 Jazz points in the third round were the “best” Jazz score for a section up to this point – Doncic alone also had 19 points.
- In previous duels, Jazz regularly gained an advantage on the boards. But there was also nothing to see in Game 5. The rebound duel went to Dallas with 49:40 – also favored by the many misses from the Jazz. But Utah was also at a disadvantage on the offensive board (11: 7 offensive rebounds for DAL, 14: 6 Second Chance Points).
NBA Playoffs – Mavs Vs. Jazz: The Voices
Donovan Mitchell (Jazz) on his injury: “I had to finish the ringside, but then the thigh closed and I could not run back in the defense, so I had to go out. There is an MRI tomorrow, but I have to [für Spiel 6) in Ordnung sein. Ich bin ein Kämpfer.”
Der Star des Spiels: Luka Doncic
War da was mit der Wade? In Spiel 5 war auf jeden Fall nichts von einer Einschränkung beim Mavs-Star zu sehen, das bekamen auch die Jazz schmerzlich zu spüren. Im dritten Viertel ballerte er sich mit seinen Stepback-Dreiern endgültig in einen Flow, aber auch zuvor stellte er Gobert und Co. mit seinen Drives vor enorme Probleme.
Der Flop des Spiels: Donovan Mitchell
Vom eigentlichen Franchise-Star muss unbedingt mehr kommen. Als die Mavs ihren Lauf starteten, war offensiv von Mitchell gar nichts mehr zu sehen. Im zweiten und dritten Viertel brachte er mickrige zwei Zählerchen aufs Scoreboard. Dass er schon in der Anfangsphase nach einer Dribbel-Orgie ohne Pass und mit Hand im Gesicht von Downtown abdrückte, half seinem Team nicht, in einen Rhythmus zu kommen.
Die Szene des Spiels
Ein bisschen Luka-Magic für die Mavs-Fans, die sich zwischen zwei Szenen entscheiden dürfen. Entweder sein persönliches Dreierfeuerwerk im dritten Viertel oder aber, wie er Gobert vernaschte: Doncic fand sich am Perimeter im Eins-gegen-Eins gegen den Stifle Tower wieder, er zog Richtung Zone, brachte Gobert mit gleich drei Pump Fakes in die Luft und zog das And-One. “He can’t guard me!”
NBA Playoffs – Mavericks vs. Jazz: Die Serie im Überblick (3-2)
|1||16. April||19 Uhr||Dallas Mavericks||Utah Jazz||93:99|
|2||19. April||2.30 Uhr||Dallas Mavericks||Utah Jazz||110:104|
|3||22. April||3 Uhr||Utah Jazz||Dallas Mavericks||118:126|
|4||23. April||22.30 Uhr||Utah Jazz||Dallas Mavericks||100:99|
|5||26. April||3.30 Uhr||Dallas Mavericks||Utah Jazz||102:77|
|6||29. April||4 Uhr||Utah Jazz||Dallas Mavericks||–|
|7*||1. Mai||TBD||Dallas Mavericks||Utah Jazz||–|