Mavericks Edge Out Thunder in Dramatic Game 6, Advance to Western Conference Finals

The fifth-seeded Dallas Mavericks have advanced to the Western Conference finals, delivering a dramatic 117-116 victory over the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6. Despite trailing for most of the game, the Mavericks’ resilience paid off in a contest marked by clutch shots and stellar defense. This game will be remembered for its controversial ending.

In the final moments, with the Thunder leading, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was called for a shooting foul that raised eyebrows. A coach’s challenge upheld the decision, granting the Mavericks crucial free throws that secured their win and left OKC with less than two seconds to respond. Controversy aside, the game was thrilling, with stars from both teams delivering standout performances.

Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with a triple-double, scoring 29 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out 10 assists. He received significant support from Kyrie Irving, who scored 22 points, and Derrick Jones Jr., who added 22 points and shot 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Overall, the Mavericks shot an impressive 47% from three-point range, making 16-of-34 attempts.

For the Thunder, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 36-point effort, including 4-of-5 from three, stood out. Jalen Williams and Chet Holmgren contributed 22 and 21 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Dallas. Oklahoma City struggled in the rebounding department, losing 47-31, and shot 37% from three-point range.

The Mavericks now await the winner of Game 7 between the reigning NBA champion Denver Nuggets and the defensive powerhouse Minnesota Timberwolves, as they prepare for a highly anticipated Western Conference finals showdown.

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