The Mavericks were expected after the crazy end of the Game 4 match concluded by the Mitchell-Gobert pair at the alley-oop. Mark Cuban’s protégés thus demonstrated that they had recovered rather well by dominating the debates in this one-sided Game 5 to regain the upper hand in the series (3-2).
After a remarkable passage from Dwight Powell in the first act, then baskets signed Spencer Dinwiddie and Jalen Brunson to take the lead (24-18), it was in the second quarter that Dallas took off, on a 12 -0 masterfully led by Luka Doncic, with three baskets in a row including a 2+1 (52-32).
At +16 at the break (52-36), Jason Kidd’s men could see it coming and quickly drove the point home, this time with a 14-0 initiated by Jalen Brunson at 3-points and in which Luka Doncic again shone by his address (79-46).
This time the damage was done. After conceding up to 33 points behind, Utah lost 102-77 at the end of a last act marked by the scuffle born from the contact at high altitude between Hassan Whiteside and Luka Doncic, who started to dunk on the pivot, as well as the injury of Donovan Mitchell, came out four minutes from the end.
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
– Luka Doncic confirms. The playmaker is well and truly recovered from his calf injury. Two days after his remarkable comeback in Game 4, the Slovenian confirmed by delivering a new full game, with a lot of activity on the two runs that knocked Utah down. He even wanted to pay Hassan Whiteside on a dunk poster, a sign that he found his legs of fire!
– Donovan Mitchell’s injury. Utah had a really bad night, finishing with Donovan Mitchell’s injury, hit in the hamstring and taken out with four minutes remaining, and visibly suffering in his left leg on his way back to the locker room. Very bad news as the most important game of the season at home comes around.
✅ Luka Doncic. The confirmation match for the Texan leader who fueled the Mavericks’ demonstration with his brilliance. 33 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists on arrival, and a match completed with the best +/- of his team (+32).
✅ Jalen Brunson. The leader is in the process of achieving a series of playoffs in line with his good season. Main offensive threat behind Luka Doncic, he also lit up the beautiful game of his team by finishing with 24 points and 4 assists.
⛔ Mike Conley. Still transparent, while Bojan Bogdanovic was missing (0/9) and Donovan Mitchell was still clumsy (4/15). The Jazz leader goes through this series like a ghost.
Return to Utah for Game 6 this Thursday evening (04:00).
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