3 Studs, 2 duds from Mavericks' crucial Game 2 win over Thunder

Dallas Mavericks, P.J. Washington, Luka Doncic
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On Thursday night, the Dallas Mavericks played against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Dallas was coming off a disappointing loss in Game 1 in which Luka Doncic struggled tremendously.

The Mavs came out extremely flat in Game 1 on both ends, and the Thunder seemingly couldn't miss from downtown. Dallas needed a big response in Game 2, and that's exactly what they got.

Dallas defeated Oklahoma City 119-110 in Game 2, and Doncic's hot start helped propel them to the win. This was definitely a breath of fresh air for Mavs fans considering how badly he struggled in Game 1, and several role players also stepped up in the win.

3 Studs, 2 duds from Mavericks' crucial Game 2 win over Thunder

Tying up the series at 1-1 was game-changing considering how hot the Thunder were heading into this series, and the winner of this series will now have to win three of the next five games.

The Mavs will now go back to Dallas with a tied series, and several stars and role players in this game helped earn this win.

Here are three studs and two duds from the Dallas Mavericks' crucial Game 2 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

5. Stud - Josh Green

You never knew which Josh Green you were going to get in the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs when the Dallas Mavericks played the LA Clippers, but his strong ending to that series has carried over to their series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Green finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists in Game 1 while shooting 4-9 from the field, and he had an even better game in Game 2.

Green finished with 11 points while shooting 3-5 from downtown, and he continues to hit timely shots when the Mavs need him most. His shooting from the corner in this series has been excellent, and he has been one of the most consistent shooters on the team in this series.

Defensively, Green gives his all and plays with physicality. You never have to worry about Green's effort, and his energy is always there no matter how good or bad of a game he's having.