3 Studs, 2 duds from Mavericks' commanding Game 3 win over Timberwolves

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Derrick Jones Jr.
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Derrick Jones Jr. / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Stud - Kyrie Irving

Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving has always been known for his ability to take over the game in the second half, and Irving put his foot on the gas in the fourth quarter of this game to keep Dallas within striking distance and ultimately helped the Mavs get the win.

Irving finished with 33 points, three rebounds, and four assists while shooting 12-20 from the field and 3-6 from downtown, and he stepped up when his team needed him most.

While Luka Doncic was on the bench, Irving was getting to his spots with ease, and no one on the Minnesota Timberwolves had an answer for him. He was getting to the rim, hitting pull-up jumpers from inside the arc, and he even nailed a tough pull-up three in transition.

Irving's pull-up threes in transition are turning into his signature shot in Dallas, and he continues to be phenomenal in this series. This is some of the best finishing around the rim that we have ever seen from Irving, and his creativity around the bucket is a sight to see for everyone in attendance.

Irving and Doncic's bond continues to grow every game that they play in, and they may just have what it takes to take this team to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2011. Chemistry is everything at this point of the season, and Irving's leadership has been amazing all season long.

For all the latest on Kyrie Irving and the Dallas Mavericks throughout the 2024 NBA Playoffs, stay tuned as we'll have you covered.