Doncic drops 30-point triple-double in Game 5, Mavericks send West no.1 Thunder to brink of elimination

Published May 16, 2024, 12:38 PM ● Pao Ambat

The Dallas Mavericks are just a win away from returning to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2022.

Luka Doncic notched his third career 30-point triple-double with a decisive Game 5 win on the road.

It's not just once, but twice now that Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks stole all-important road wins against the West no. 1 Oklahoma City Thunder this playoffs.

Doncic came up with another triple-double performance, as the Mavericks bounced back thanks to 104-92 Game 5 win over the Thunder. Dallas has seized a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference semifinals series.


Doncic tallied 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists for his sixth-career playoff triple-double, responding big-time after a subpar Game 4 performance with a pair of pin-point passing and clutch defense.


The Slovenian wizard started hot in the final frame, scoring eight of the Mavericks’ first 10 points for a whopping 18-point lead at 89-71 with 9:31 seconds left.

OKC stormed back to cut the deficit to single digits on multiple occasions, but PJ Washington scored back-to-back buckets to keep the Mavericks within striking distance.

Derrick Jones Jr. contributed a solid-game offensively with 19 points, including hitting his first six shots and a crucial breakaway slam for a 13-point Mavericks lead, 99-86, with under two minutes to play.

Washington, who is averaging nearly 26 points per game in the last three games, was limited to 10 points and hauled down 10 rebounds.

The Mavericks rode a splendid shooting night all-game long, connecting on 53 percent clip from the field while knocking down 14 triples and claiming a 46-33 rebounding edge.

On the other hand, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way for OKC with 30 points, six rebounds, and eight dimes. Chet Holmgren added 13.

Jalen Williams and Lu Dortz chipped in 12 points apiece.

The Thunder came within striking distance in the final frame after falling behind by as many as 18 points but were unable to replicate their Game 4 comeback win.

For the first time this playoffs, the young Thunder squad are facing elimination and now lost two straight home games after winning their first three.

Game 6 of the series will be on May 19, Sunday, 8 a.m. LIVE on NBA TV Philippines and the Pilipinas Live app.