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Luka Doncic scores 35, leads Mavericks to Game 5 win vs Clippers - sore knee, sick, health status

Luka Doncic leads Mavericks to blowout win over Clippers in Game 5, taking 3-2 series lead. Doncic scores 35 points.

Luka Doncic revealed earlier that if this was the regular season, he would likely have opted to rest due to a sore knee, cough, and congestion. Despite his physical ailments, Doncic put up an impressive performance, scoring 35 points, dishing out 10 assists, and grabbing seven rebounds. On the other hand, James Harden and Paul George struggled, shooting a combined 6-of-25 from the field, contributing to the Clippers' poor shooting night.

The Mavericks capitalized on the Clippers' struggles and took control of the game in the third quarter, ultimately securing a dominant 123-93 victory in Game 5. With this win, Dallas now holds a 3-2 series lead heading into Game 6.

Coach Jason Kidd emphasized the importance of carrying over the momentum from their Game 4 win, focusing on playing with pace and disrupting the Clippers' three-point shooting. Center Daniel Gafford highlighted the benefits of playing fast and running the floor, creating opportunities for Doncic and Irving to make plays in transition.

The Clippers, facing the possibility of their last home game at Arena, delivered a disappointing performance, suffering their worst playoff loss in history with a 30-point deficit. Despite the loss, Coach Tyrone Lue remains optimistic, emphasizing the team's ability to win on the road.

In addition to Doncic's stellar performance, Dallas received contributions from Kyrie Irving, Maxi Kleber, and Dereck Lively off the bench. Looking ahead to Game 6, the Mavericks will rely on another dominant showing from Doncic to secure a victory and advance in the playoffs.

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