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

The Dallas Mavericks got through 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 Co. screw up. up for the heat and wins a thriller by 98:96 at the Salt Lake.

Utah Jazz (5) vs. Dallas Mavericks (4) 96:98 (BOXSCORE), Series: 2-4

The Texans have broken their playoff curse, and Doncic has won a playoff series for the first time in his career. “It’s great. I’m really glad we made it through the first round. The last two years have been tough, but we’ve learned something from last year. It was a bad fight. Utah hit their ass and are a strong team I’m glad we’re through one round. “

In the end, it was a real nail-biter who was possibly settled by a serious mistake in the final seconds. Gobert brought the hosts to a point with a layup about 36 seconds before the end (97:96), in return a float by Doncic jumped off the Frenchman’s outstretched arm and only jumped out of the ring. With eleven seconds left, Quin Snyder decided against a timeout and let the game go.

Jazz, however, did not even reach the throw, after a step error by Mike Conley, Mavs regained the ball. Jalen Brunson missed a free kick, giving Utah another chance to win. For the remaining four seconds, Utah first managed to give Bojan Bogdanovic a lot of space with several screens, which then let Spencer Dinwiddie fly past with a shot fake – but the Croatian’s three points bounced out of the ring.

Doncic and his backcourt partner Brunson were the top scorers for the Mavs with 24 points each, the Slovenian also contributed with 9 rebounds and 8 assists and got a triple-double. Spencer Dinwiddie delivered a strong fight from the bench (19 points) and Dorian Finney-Smith (18) was also convincing. Maxi Kleber had 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. The hosts also scored on several shoulders, Donovan Mitchell being the most successful pitcher (23 points), followed by Bogdanovic (19) and Jordan Clarkson (15).

The first 12 minutes were a regular defensive match, with both teams being under 40 percent off the field. The Mavericks started cold as ice from the center (0/10 3FG), the only bright spot in the attack was Brunson (9 points, 4/6 FG). Mitchell found his rhythm early with the hosts (9, 4/7 FG), but in the end both teams played almost nothing together offensively – 21:15 jazz.

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