Mavericks Come Back to Secure 3-0 Series Lead Over Timberwolves

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The Dallas Mavericks come back to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-107 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, securing a 3-0 series lead. Led by Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, who each scored 33 points, the Mavericks showcased their clutch performance, outscoring the Timberwolves by 24-11 in the final three minutes of the game. Irving’s 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a crucial assist to P.J. Washington, were pivotal in the win. This marks the first time a team has taken a 3-0 series lead while trailing in the final five minutes of each game during the play-by-play era.

The Mavericks have emerged as a dominant clutch team this season, boasting the league’s second-best clutch record and best clutch offense. Their success has continued in the playoffs, with a 6-2 record in clutch games. Doncic and Irving have become a formidable duo, each scoring 30-plus points in three postseason games, a feat unmatched in the past 50 years. Despite last season’s struggles, the pair’s chemistry and clutch performances have propelled Dallas through the playoffs, with Irving emphasizing that their ultimate goal remains winning a championship.

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