'Great bounce back game!' - Fans react as Dallas Mavericks beat Oklahoma City Thunder

Basketball: On Wednesday night Dallas Mavericks defeated Oklahoma City Thunder by 104-92 as Luka Doncic scored 31 points which helped them to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semi-final.

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On Wednesday night the Dallas Mavericks defeated Oklahoma City Thunder by 104-92 as Luka Doncic scored 31 points which helped them to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semi-final. Luka Doncic was the league's best scorer in the regular season but was found to struggle during the series against Oklahoma City.

Even though Luka Doncic had an injured right knee and a sore left ankle, he had only averaged 22 points on 39% shooting through the first four games. In Game 5, he hit 12 of 22 field goals while also contributing 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his sixth career postseason triple-double. His teammate P.J. Washington Jr. scored 10 points and 10 rebounds and Derrick Jones got his career-high 19 points. Dallas Mavericks now have a chance to make it into the finals if they win their game on Saturday. 

Meanwhile for the Oklahoma City Thunder Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was leading in charge as he scored 30 points for them but didn’t get any support from his teammates as they couldn’t score more than 13 points during the game. Just as they did in the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Mavericks won in Game 5 away from home. After 40.5% of the shots, Dallas held Oklahoma City.

Isaiah Joe replaced Josh Giddey

Isaiah Joe replaced Josh Giddey in the starting lineup. Giddey did not start any of the 229 regular season or postseason games. Dallas Mavericks led 54-44 at halftime, after leading by 15 points in the second quarter. Jones scored fifteen points before halftime. Dallas leads 79-67, despite Gilgeous-Alexander's 14 points in the third quarter.

Before the Thunder took off, Dallas extended their advantage to 18 points in the first quarter of the fourth quarter. With less than seven minutes left, a 3-pointer by Gilgeous-Alexander reduced the score to 89-79, forcing Dallas to take a timeout. For the remainder of the game, Oklahoma City Thunder never got closer than seven points.

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