In a thrilling Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals, the Dallas Mavericks clinched a hard-fought 105-101 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, taking a 2-1 series lead.

Despite a slow start, Kyrie Irving showcased his clutch factor by erupting in the fourth quarter, tallying 14 crucial points in the final minutes to secure the win for the Mavericks. His versatile scoring ability proved pivotal against the Thunder’s defense, with Irving sinking six consecutive field goals, including two critical three-pointers.

While Irving led the charge offensively, Luka Doncic, despite grappling with knee issues, contributed with his defensive prowess and leadership on the court. Despite facing shooting struggles, Doncic’s relentless attacking mentality and defensive efforts played a significant role in the Mavericks’ victory.

P.J. Washington emerged as a surprise contributor for the Mavericks, delivering a team-high 27 points, showcasing his versatility as a stretch-four.

Defensively, the Mavericks capitalized on their rebounding advantage, securing 15 offensive rebounds to capitalize on second-chance opportunities and seal the win.

In the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Boston Celtics asserted their dominance with a convincing 106-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio, taking a 2-1 series lead.

Despite a strong start from Donovan Mitchell of the Cavaliers, who scored 23 points in the first half, the Celtics staged a commanding comeback in the third quarter, embarking on a decisive 14-0 run to extend their lead and secure the win.

Led by Jayson Tatum’s standout performance with a game-high 33 points, the Celtics showcased their defensive prowess, limiting the Cavaliers’ shooting efficiency and securing crucial rebounds.

With Game 4 of both series slated to continue on May 13, the Mavericks and the Celtics look to maintain their momentum and secure pivotal victories as they advance in the playoffs.



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