Luka Doncic’s late heroics lift Mavericks to Game 2 victory over Timberwolves

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic celebrates after making a three-pointer against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic celebrates after making a three-pointer in the final seconds of a 109-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals on Friday.
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Luka Doncic hit the go-ahead three-pointer with Rudy Gobert guarding him at the top of the key with three seconds left, posting his fifth triple-double of the playoffs to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 109-108 victory and a 2-0 lead over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Western Conference finals Friday night.

Doncic had 32 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his eighth triple-double in 42 career postseason games for the Mavericks, who erased an 18-point deficit that stood late in the second quarter and were still down 16 midway through the third.

Naz Reid shot seven for nine from three-point range for 23 points, but his last try at the buzzer rimmed in and out to send the Wolves to Dallas for Game 3 on Sunday in a big hole after another off night by stars Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns.


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Kyrie Irving had 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including a corner three-pointer with 1:05 left that pulled the Mavericks to within two. Then the Wolves sandwiched turnovers around a short miss by Doncic. Edwards recklessly threw the ball out of bounds off a drive with 13 seconds left, giving the Mavericks the ball with the chance to win.

Doncic took the inbounds pass and dribbled to set up a screen by Dereck Lively II that triggered a switch by the Wolves, with NBA All-Defensive second-team pick Jaden McDaniels dropping with Lively’s roll and defensive player of the year Gobert staying out on the top of the key.

After the swish, Doncic flexed his arms and yelled at the stunned crowd as his teammates swarmed him.

The lead for either side was three points or fewer from 10:50 remaining to 1:29 until Edwards — who had 21 points but is shooting 11 for 33 in the series — sank two free throws for a 108-103 edge. That came right after Irving missed both foul shots that had the crowd howling in honor of the promotion that awards a free Chick-fil-A sandwich.

Mike Conley scored 18 points and Gobert had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves.