In the third playoff without their superstar Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks took their second win and in the NBA every chance to enter the next round.
More than six years after their last win in Salt Lake City, the Mavericks won with NBA player Maxi Clipper after an impressive 126:118 performance against the Utah Jazz. Doncic is discharged with a calf injury.
Clipper scored 17 points
Like Monday’s win in Dallas, Clipper had a solid evening and contributed 17 points. He hit four of his five three-point attempts. The Mavericks are now 2-1 up in the series. In a better than seven position, whoever has four wins first advances to the next round.
“It definitely feels good, especially in the qualifiers. It’s very difficult to play here, the fans are very noisy,” Kleber told the German news agency DPA. “When he’s rolling it’s easy to get scared, but we showed strength today and had two players who finally took over.”
Galen Bronson was the best Mavericks shooter with 31 points. “A 2-1 lead in the playoffs is very good, but we also know that they are very hungry now and they will be out on Saturday and of course they are playing a bit more physical,” Kleber said. “So it wouldn’t be easier,” he added, “but a second win in Utah would be great of course.”
Coach Kidd praises the team
“We have a lot of character in this dressing room,” said coach Jason Kidd. “We kept playing. This group believes in itself. We talk a lot about defense and stop when we need them.” “In a hostile environment against a good team that is well trained, we put ourselves in a position to win.” After a first quarter, the Mavs pulled out and were never behind. Kidd has left open whether Doncic can play on Saturday.
The Golden State Warriors weren’t quite king against the Denver Nuggets, but they still took a perfect third win with 118:113 and are just one short of a top-eight-team role. Another injured Stephen Curry came off the bench for the third game in a row and booked 27 points. With Jordan Paul he was the best pitcher on his team. Nikola Jokic’s 37 points weren’t enough for the nuggets.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves squandered a major lead in their first two back-to-back home games. Although they scored 26 points in the meantime, they lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 95:104 and are now 1:2 behind in the series. (dpa)