Dallas Mavericks dominate western conferences finals with 3-0 lead

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers playoff game 2 at Crypto.com Arena (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Dallas, TX — The Dallas Mavericks secured a commanding lead in the Western
Conference Finals with a 116-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, moving just
one win away from their first NBA Finals appearance since 2011.

Kyrie Irving led the Mavericks with 33 points, three rebounds, and four assists on 60%
shooting. Luka Doncic matched Irving’s scoring output, contributing 33 points along with
seven rebounds, five assists, and five steals.

The Mavericks approach game 4 with high momentum, coming off their fifth straight
win. They remain focused, as Doncic emphasized: “Nothing’s done. They have an
amazing team, so nothing is done yet. We’ve got to get one more, and then if we get
one more, we need the rest.”

The Mavericks took control in the last five minutes of the game with a 14-3 run. PJ
Washington added 16 points, breaking a tied score with 3:38 remaining. Doncic hit a
key shot to give the Mavericks a four-point lead, and Daniel Gafford sealed the win with
an alley-oop dunk and a crucial block on a Mike Conley’s lay-up in the final seconds.

Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 26 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists,
but expressed frustration with his team’s shooting: “We didn’t shoot the ball well from 3
tonight at all. I didn’t make one. If we keep shooting like that, then they’re just gonna
keep being in the gaps. No matter how we’re re-spacing and getting back out to the
3-point line, if we don’t knock ’em down, they’re gonna sit in the gaps all night.”

Karl-Anthony Towns struggled, scoring 14 points on 5-18 shooting, including 0-8 from
beyond the arc.

Game 4 is set to take place May 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center with the home crowd rocking and energy is expected to be high.