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Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving Each Score 33 Points as Mavs Beat Wolves for 3-0 Lead in West Finals

Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving each scored 33 points, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 116-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. This win secures a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals, putting the Mavericks just one game away from their first NBA Finals appearance in 13 years.

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks are now just one victory away from their first NBA Finals appearance in 13 years, thanks to stellar performances by Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Both stars scored 33 points in a thrilling 116-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, securing a dominant 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

The game was a showcase of clutch plays and teamwork, with the Mavericks outscoring the Timberwolves 14-3 in the final five minutes. This pivotal run underscored Dallas’s ability to perform under pressure and highlighted the synergy between Doncic and Irving.

In a game defined by critical moments, P.J. Washington Jr. hit a tiebreaking three-pointer from the corner with 3:38 remaining, off a sequence initiated by Doncic and Irving. From there, the Mavericks’ co-stars took control. Doncic scored on a drive to extend the lead, Irving nailed a spectacular falling-down jumper, and Doncic then assisted Daniel Gafford on an alley-oop dunk, pushing the Mavericks’ advantage to 113-105 with just 34 seconds left. Gafford had earlier made a significant defensive play by blocking Mike Conley’s layup attempt.

“Teams are trying to double me and Kai the whole game, which opens up opportunities for everyone else,” Doncic said post-game. “In the clutch moments, we execute by playing as a team, and that’s what makes us strong.”

Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 26 points, but struggled in the decisive fourth quarter, managing only four points. Karl-Anthony Towns added 14 points but was off-target from deep, missing all eight of his three-point attempts, including a rushed long-range shot with 1:25 remaining and the deficit at four.

Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving each scored 33 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 116-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, securing a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

The Mavericks’ victory was marred by the loss of rookie center Dereck Lively II, who suffered a neck sprain in the second quarter after a collision with Towns. Despite his absence, Dallas’s defensive efforts remained robust. Lively, who has been a perfect 12 of 12 from the field in the series, was crucial in the Mavericks’ earlier wins. His injury came as Mike Conley was driving for a layup, with Towns inadvertently striking Lively’s head with his knee.

Irving, a former NBA champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers, scored 14 of his 33 points in the final quarter. His playoff experience has been invaluable to a Mavericks team that has not reached the NBA Finals since Dirk Nowitzki led them to a championship in 2011. Nowitzki himself was present at the game, a reminder of the franchise’s storied past and its potential future.

The Timberwolves, now on the brink of elimination, must attempt the improbable feat of overcoming a 3-0 series deficit—a comeback no team in NBA playoff history has achieved. Edwards, maintaining a positive demeanor, remarked, “We can’t be anything but positive at this point. We can’t be negative. We’ve got to focus on getting one win at a time.”

Minnesota coach Chris Finch acknowledged his team’s struggles in closing out games. “You’ve got to try to score alongside them,” Finch said. “Throughout this series, we’ve had difficulty finishing games. These last few minutes are critical, and we haven’t been able to execute.”

For Dallas, the focus now shifts to Game 4, set to take place at home on Tuesday night. Doncic, wary of overconfidence, emphasized the need for consistency. “We can’t get ahead of ourselves,” he said. “We have to approach the next game with the same intensity and focus. The Timberwolves are not going to back down.”

With the Mavericks on the cusp of a return to the NBA Finals, the atmosphere in Dallas is electric. The presence of Nowitzki at center court serves as both inspiration and a reminder of what’s at stake. As the Mavericks prepare for what could be a historic Game 4, the team and its fans can sense the proximity of a long-awaited triumph.


  • Daniel Davidson

    Daniel Davidson is a freelance sports journalist and reporter based in the USA. With 4 years of experience at ESPN, his expertise in sports reporting shines through in his captivating coverage. Now contributing to WaxMia, Daniel continues to make an impact with his accurate and engaging sports news.

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