SALT LACITY — The first time this happened in Salt Lake City. Luka DoncicThe era of the Dallas MavericksYou have reached the second round in the NBA playoffs.
The Mavericks rallied after a 12-point halftime deficit to win Game 6 with a 98-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Utah JazzOn Thursday, Dallas won its first postseason series since the 2011 NBA Finals.
Doncic finished the series with 24 points, nine assists, nine rebounds, eight assists. This was Doncic's first playoff series win at Vivint Arena. Vivint Arena was also the place where Dirk Nowitzki's 21st postseason victory.
The Jazz led held for just nine minutes and 32 seconds in the second half, as the Mavs lit up their scoreboard in painfully similar fashion to the Jazz. Dallas chose a small line-up, as they have done throughout the series with great success, and started rolling with clean looks from the 3-point range. LA ClippersWhile battling back from a 25 point deficit, and eliminating the Jazz in Game 6 of last season’s Western Conference semifinals, he did.
The Mavs made as many 3-pointers in the second half — 14, the most in a playoff half in franchise history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research — as the Jazz had total field goals.
Doncic said goodbye to the hostile crowd as the final buzzer sounded and celebrated with his teammates. In the fourth quarter, Jazz tied the score two more times. Doncic responded both times by driving andkicking to a fellow teammate for an open 3. Dorian Finney-SmithThe second by Jalen Brunson.
In the final minute, Utah had two chances to lead. The Mavs guard Jalen Bunson (24 points, Mavs) made it two with 4.3 seconds to go. After that, the Jazz called timeout. They ran a nice inbounds pass and gave the lead to Utah. Bojan BogdanovicA good view from the left wing. The ball bounced off of the rim and ended Jazz's season.
Moments earlier, Doncic had missed a difficult runner against Gobert. Jazz point guard Mike Conley Jr. fell while navigating transition traffic. Conley was then called for travel with five seconds left.
Dallas won the third quarter by a 36-2 margin over the Jazz. The Mavs shot 8-12 of 12 from 3-point territory in the quarter. Doncic had 10 points including two step-back 3,s and Doncic had one assist. Doncic did not have an assist in the frame. However, Dallas had many baskets due to Doncic's decisive pass out of double-teams and traps.
Ten of the Mavs' 13 buckets in the quarter were assisted, including nine that led to uncontested shots, according to ESPN Stats & Information tracking.