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NBA: Mavericks rally to eliminate Jazz in Game 6

/ 02:00 PM April 29, 2022
Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz and Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks speak after Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 28, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER:

Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz and Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks speak after Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 28, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFP

Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson scored 24 points apiece as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz 98-96 to finish their Western Conference first-round series in six games on Thursday in Salt Lake City.

Spencer Dinwiddie added 19 points for fourth-seeded Dallas, which will face the top-seeded Phoenix Suns in the second round. Dorian Finney-Smith tallied 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

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Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 23 points and nine assists while adding eight rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic had 19 points but missed a wide-open 3-point attempt with 1.9 seconds left that would have given Utah the win.

Dallas stormed back from a 12-point halftime deficit to advance past the first round for the first time since winning the NBA championship in 2011.

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Jordan Clarkson scored 15 points for Utah. Mike Conley added 11 with eight assists, while Rudy Gobert had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Trailing 97-96, the Jazz had a chance to take the lead before Conley was called for traveling with five seconds remaining.

Brunson converted one of his two foul shots to extend the Mavericks’ lead to 98-96 with 4.3 seconds left before Bogdanovic missed the mark on Utah’s final shot.

The Mavericks shot 8 of 12 from 3-point range and outscored the Jazz 36-19 in the third quarter to move ahead 77-72.

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Utah battled back in the fourth quarter and used an 8-0 run to tie the game at 88 with 4:21 remaining.

Finney-Smith answered with one of his four 3-pointers to help Dallas regain the lead. After Gobert hit two foul shots, Doncic hit a step-back trey to put the Mavericks ahead 94-90 with 3:18 left.

Dallas led 97-94 with 2:03 to play after Bogdanovic and Brunson exchanged 3-pointers.

Dallas opened the game by missing its first 10 attempts from 3-point range and trailed 21-15 after one quarter.

Utah finished the first half on an 18-5 run to take a 53-41 lead into the break. The Jazz held Dallas to 38.6 percent shooting before halftime, including 3 of 18 (16.7 percent) from beyond the arc.

The Jazz reached the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year but have yet to get past the second round in that stretch.

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