Mavericks blast Timberwolves in Game 5, enter first NBA Finals in 13 years

Published May 31, 2024, 11:41 AMPao Ambat

The Dallas Mavericks will play against the Boston Celtics for the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving combined for 72 points in a close-out Game 5 Mavericks win on the road.

With the shot clock running down midway through the fourth, Luka Doncic took his time, dribbled three times, stopped, and launched a triple over the outstretched arms of Karl-Anthony Towns. 

The ball landed off the glass and Doncic called that one in the bank as he shrugged back on defense. 

It’s just one of those nights. 

Doncic set the tone early and finished with 36 points, while Kyrie Irving added 36 of his own, as the Dallas Mavericks returned to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2011. They did so behind a masterful 124-103 Game 5 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves to close out their Western Conference Finals series on the road. 


The Mavs superstar was on mission early, exploding for 20 points and outscoring the entire Timberwolves roster by himself for a rampaging 35-19 start.

Doncic and Irving then combined for 44 markers by the end of the first half, as the Mavericks’ 1-2 punch outscored the whole Minnesota team in the opening half.

The Timberwolves cut the lead to 21 points at 99-78 in the early part of the fourth after an Anthony Edwards jumper with 10:19 seconds left.

But Dallas, who led by as many as 36 points, were just too much to handle for the Timberwolves in a lopsided match.

Irving scored in the 19 second-half points and is now into his second NBA Finals appearance. He was part of that historic 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers squad that came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the 73-9 Golden State Warriors in Game 7.

Kyrie now improved to 15-1 in his career in closeout games in the playoffs.

After six seasons, Doncic, who was later named as Western Conference Finals MVP, is finally bound to his first ever NBA Finals and it was a long time coming.

The 25-year-old superstar finished with 10 rebounds, five assists and six triples and torched the Wolves all-series long with a 32/10/9 averages in five games.

Daniel Gafford and P.J Washington combined for 23 points while Derek Lively returned after missing Game 4 with nine points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.

Meanwhile, Towns and Edwards led the way for Minnesota with 28 markers each, but did not get enough help from their supporting cast.

After a Game 4 win, the Timberwolves got punched in the mouth early and never recovered, suffering their first double-digit loss in the series at the worst possible time.

The Wolves allowed the Mavericks to shoot 62 percent in the first half and had simply no answers to the Doncic-Irving duo in five games.

After eliminating the defending champion Denver Nuggets in seven games in the West semifinals, Minnesota heads into the offseason falling short of a title.

Game 1 of the Dallas-Boston championship series on Friday, June 7 at 8:30 a.m. (PH time).