5 Studs from Mavericks' NBA Finals clinching win over Timberwolves

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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After losing disappointingly on Tuesday night to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Dallas Mavericks were not going to let that happen again.

Luka Doncic and Daniel Gafford both attributed the loss to a lack of energy, and there was an overload of energy to start Game 5.

Doncic went on an absolute heater to begin tonight's game, and the Mavs got out to a 35-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.

5 Studs from Mavericks' NBA Finals clinching win over Timberwolves

Doncic and company led this team to their first NBA Finals appearance since 2011, and Jamal Crawford's prediction that Dallas would close out Minnesota came true.

Excitement is building as the Mavs' series against the Boston Celtics will begin next week, and Doncic proved everyone who doubted him wrong.

Here are five studs from the Mavs' NBA Finals clinching win over the Timberwolves.

5. Stud - P.J. Washington

Dallas Mavericks forward P.J. Washington struggled tremendously in Game 4 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he had to do more in Game 5. In Game 4, Washington finished with just 10 points while shooting 3-13 from the field and 2-9 from downtown. Despite getting tons of good looks, Washington couldn't make them count.

It was a different story in Game 5, and Washington finished with 12 points and two steals while shooting 4-9 from the field and 2-5 from downtown, and the Mavs looked to get him involved immediately at the start of the second half with a lob from Luka Doncic, and he made things hard on Karl-Anthony Towns all series long.

Washington may not have been the third star that he was during Dallas' series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he showed up when the Mavs needed him most and was a reliable option from downtown in the closeout game.