After completing ‘gentleman’s sweep’ of Timberwolves, the Mavs are headed back to the NBA Finals

The Dallas Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-103 in Game 5 of the 2024 Western Conference Finals, and will now face the Boston Celtics for the NBA title.

MINNEAPOLIS — The Dallas Mavericks are headed back to the NBA Finals for the first time in 13 years!

The Mavs completed their “gentleman’s sweep” of the Timberwolves on Thursday night in Game 5 of the NBA’s 2024 Western Conference Finals, beating Minnesota 124-103.

In a complete 180-degree turn from the four previous games in the series, this final matchup was an absolute blowout.

“Luka magic” was in no short display. Doncic torched Minnesota from the opening tip, starting the game 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range for 20 points in the first quarter, outscoring the Timberwolves entire team (19)!

And Irving, who has grown his career record in NBA Playoff closeout games to a staggering 15-1, turned up his play in the second quarter, dropping 15 points in the frame. Irving finished with 36 points, four rebounds and five assists.

Doncic matched Irving’s output in scoring, registering 36 on the night to go with 10 boards and 10 assists. Doncic averages 34.2 points per game following a loss in the playoffs, the highest mark in NBA history.

Minnesota’s double threat of Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns led the team again in Game 5. Towns put up 28 points and 12 rebounds in the game. Edwards scored 28 points, grabbed nine boards and dished out six assists.

The Mavericks’ close-out ability was just too much for Minnesota to handle.

Watch Jason Kidd’s post-game press conference here:

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Doncic was named the Western Conference Finals MVP after the Game 5 win.

This NBA Finals trip will be the first in Doncic’s career. 

For comparison’s sake, Doncic’s first trip to the NBA Finals comes in the sixth season of his career, whereas Mavericks legend – and onetime Doncic mentor – Dirk Nowitzki made his first trip to the Finals in his eighth NBA season.

Dallas will now face the Boston Celtics – who completed their own conference finals in a sweep over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night – in the NBA Finals. 

The Celtics will be fighting for the 18th championship in franchise history, a figure that would elevate that team ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for sole possession of the title of most decorated organization in NBA history. A NBA Finals win for the Mavericks would earn Dallas its second championship in franchise history, after having won its first in 2011.

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Game 1 of the NBA Finals will tip off from Boston’s TD Garden on Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. As with all games in the Finals, that game will air on WFAA for all North Texas viewers. See the full series schedule here.

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