3 Studs, 2 duds from Mavericks' dominant closeout win over Clippers

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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3. Stud - Kyrie Irving

In the first half of the Game 6 win, Kyrie Irving had just two points and couldn't get anything going offensively. The LA Clippers were taking him out of this game, and his impact was minimized by tight defense and Irving forcing some shots.

He didn't seem like himself at all, and the Dallas Mavericks were going to need a big half out of him if they wanted to win this game. The game was tied 52-52 at halftime, and Irving showed the world how elite of a second-half player he is in the third and fourth quarters.

Irving scored 28 points in the third and fourth quarters alone, and he knows when he needs to kick his play into high gear. His game awareness is on another level, and he was hitting some of the craziest shots that only he can hit.

One play that shows just how excellent Irving was in this game happened in the second half when he hit a three while he was fading to his right and he was fouled. Irving converted the four-point play, and the American Airlines Center erupted as the fans were watching history unfold right in front of their eyes.

Irving is built for the NBA Playoffs, and his 13-0 record in closeout games shows that. The Mavs will go as far as Luka Doncic and Irving carry them, and the Oklahoma City Thunder should have a healthy fear of Irving considering how well he is playing combined with his immense playoff experience.