Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks Game 6 playoff win over Jazz: 1. Luka orchestrates
The Jazz did everything they could to take Luka Doncic out of the game. They forced him to work on the defensive end, sent different coverages at him, and double team frequently, but it did not matter. The 23-year-old superstar finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and two blocks in 42 minutes of action.
Doncic made eight of his 21 field goals in Game 6, and there were moments in the first half where he tried to force things. The offense just was not flowing, and the Jazz made a significant edge.
The Mavericks needed him to get things going in the third quarter after trailing by 12 at the break, and he answered with ten points on four of seven from the field. Luka had to set up his teammates in the fourth as the Jazz sent two at him as he went for five points and three dimes in the final quarter.
It was not his biggest night, and he missed a could of daggers late in the fourth quarter that would have sealed the win earlier, but the Mavericks outscored the Jazz by 15 in his 42 minutes on the floor. In the six minutes he sat, they were outscored by 13. Doncic played the entire second half, and Dallas needed every second of it to secure the win.
The focus shifts to the second-round matchup against the Phoenix Suns, but Dallas Mavericks fans should celebrate this win. They have not been beyond the first round in more than a decade. There will be plenty of time to think about what is ahead, so take a day and enjoy this victory.