NBA – Luka Doncic leads Dallas Mavericks to the Conference Finals: You cant wipe this smile out of my face

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks moved into the Conference Finals after a historic game 7 against the Phoenix Suns. Afterwards, the Slovenian was enthusiastic about the performance of his team.

The MAVS dominated the best team in the Regular Season from the beginning and ended up in a foreign hall with 123: 90. Doncic himself put 35 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in just 30 minutes, from the start he checked the game and was then overjoyed.

“You can’t wipe this smile out of my face,” said the 23-year-old. “I’m just really happy. To be honest, I think we deserve it. We played the whole series over hard. Maybe in some games we didn’t look like ourselves, but we gave a statement here in Game 7. We all believed. “

Dallas had been in the series with 0-2 in the back and had no playoff series in front of this PostSeason since 2011. Nevertheless, the Mavericks fought themselves in this duel and increasingly took control against Phoenix on the defensive. This was also the key in game 7 when the Suns only put on 27 points in half time.

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Doncic also had this yield at the break on the habit side. “He is the kind of player who wants to land the knockout punch,” said Spencer Dinwiddie, who himself scored 30 points, about Doncic. “My respect is due. He is never afraid of the moment.”

For Dinwiddie, this postseason has already paid off. As Marc Stein (Substack) reports, a clause was triggered in his contract by moving into the conference finals, which guarantees him a bonus of $ 571,427.

“It’s not about me. It was the entire team today,” said Doncic in turn. “Today was just incredible. I have never seen such a performance in a game 7. I can’t remember that someone in an away game delivered so much, so I’m really proud of our performance today.”

Jason Kidd: “Nobody gave us a chance”

In fact, there was only a game 7 in the NBA history that went even more clearly to the away team. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the MAVS Blowout was only topped by a 39-point victory of the Philadelphia Warriors at the St. Louis Bombers in 1948.

Dallas will now meet the Golden State Warriors in the Conference Finals and will also start as an outsider in this series. No problem for Head Coach Jason Kidd, who couldn’t do much with this drawer thinking anyway. “We believe in ourselves, that has been shown today, but we have to contest the entire trip,” said Kidd.

“I hate it when we put a stamp on it somewhere or a limit. We don’t know how far it will go. That’s why we have to play the games. That’s why we were ready for this game today. Nobody gave us a chance. Many people have predicted that it will be a blowout. Well, they were right – but they didn’t have us on the winning side. “

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The series against Golden State will start on Thursday night.

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NBA Playoffs: Mavs vs. Suns – The series at a glance

Game Date Home About result
1 3. May Phoenix Sun Dallas Mavericks 121: 114
2 5. May Phoenix Sun Dallas Mavericks 129: 109
3 7. May Dallas Mavericks Phoenix Suns 103: 94
4 8th. May Dallas Mavericks Phoenix Suns 111: 101
5 11. May Phoenix Sun Dallas Mavericks 110: 80
6 13. May Dallas Mavericks Phoenix Suns 113: 86
7 16. May Phoenix Suns Dallas Mavericks 90: 123

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