Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks Game 5 playoff win over Jazz: 1. Luka finds a new level
Luka Doncic proved his superstar status in a pivotal Game 5 victory over the Jazz. Both teams knew the statistical edge the winner held, and the Mavericks superstar was not going to let his team lose. The 23-year-old brought the energy and effort on Monday night as he took his game to an otherworldly level.
Doncic was incredible all night, but he peaked in the third quarter as he matched Utah’s 19 points over the 12 minutes. Luka made three 3-pointers and blew the roof off the American Airlines Center as the Mavericks pushed the game out of reach.
Game 5 was Doncic’s second game back after missing nearly two weeks with a calf strain, but fans would never know it by the performance. Luka was aggressive from the opening tipoff, and he was by far the best player on the floor.
The 6’7 guard finished with 33 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and one block. He made 11 of 22 from the field and hit eight of 12 from the free-throw line as the Mavericks outscored the Jazz by 32 in Doncic’s 33 minutes on the floor. Utah has no answers for Luka, and fans should expect him to go off again in Game 6.
Things got worse for the Jazz as Donovan Mitchell exited the game with an injury in the fourth quarter. The Dallas Mavericks need to deliver the knockout blow in Utah on Thursday night in a cannot miss contest, so be sure to tune in and enjoy.