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Thunder vs. Mavericks: High-Stakes Battle in the Western Conference Semifinals

Published by Daily Thunder

May 15, 2024

The Oklahoma City Thunder faced a critical Game 5 at home against the Dallas Mavericks, with the series tied 2-2. Unfortunately for the Thunder faithful, the outcome was not in their favor. The final score read DAL 104, OKC 92, as the Mavericks took a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Shines, but Lack of Support Hurts Thunder

Once again, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander carried the offensive load for OKC, scoring 30 points on 22 shots. However, his teammates struggled from beyond the arc, with no other Thunder player shooting better than 33% from three. The team's sturdy defense couldn't compensate for their poor shot-making, leaving them vulnerable against a talented Mavericks squad.

Luka Doncic's Breakout Performance

Luka Doncic, the Mavericks' young superstar, had a breakout game, recording a triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. His all-around brilliance gave Dallas the edge they needed to secure the victory.

Must-Win Situation for OKC

With the series now favoring Dallas, the Thunder face a must-win Game 6 on the road. If they want to force a decisive Game 7 back in Oklahoma City, the under-25 Thunder players will need to step up and deliver their best performance of the playoffs.

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