Thunder vs Mavericks recap: OKC's season ends in Game 6 loss to Dallas in West semifinals

The No. 1-seeded OKC Thunder will travel to face the No. 5 Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Dallas leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2. The Mavericks earned a 104-92 road win over the Thunder in Game 5 on Wednesday.

Here's what you need to know about the matchup:

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Final: Mavericks 117, Thunder 116

P.J. Washington makes two of three free throws to give the Mavs the lead for good after having trailed by 17 points.

Jalen Williams misses a long shot.

Season's over.

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0:27 left in 4Q: Mavericks 115, Thunder 114

This is one of the wildest games I’ve ever witnessed. Shai gets a FT because of an off-ball whistle on PJ Washington. OKC now down 1, with the ball. 27 seconds. 14 on the shot clock. Thunder’s chance to extend its season is now.

—Joel Lorenzi, Staff writer

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3:39 left in 4Q: Mavericks 107, Thunder 105

A Washington 3 and a Luka middy give Dallas the lead, 107-105. Doncic is barking. Not like the Thunder, but he is hyped. 3:39 to play.

—Joel Lorenzi, Staff writer

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Fourth quarter of Game 6 is so intense

Daigneault turned to the double big lineup with roughly five minutes left and OKC's season in the balance. JWill tapped an O board into play, then drove baseline on a closeout for a dunk. Then Lively came down and powered through Chet for an and-1. What a war.

—Joel Lorenzi, Staff writer

7:04 left 4Q: Thunder 97, Mavericks 95

Lively has been unbelievable this series. The rim touch, the timely rebounds, the lobs, the defense. Just got Kyrie a second chance there to cut OKC’s lead to two. Lively is a team high plus-23. Gafford is a team low minus-25.

—Joel Lorenzi, Staff writer

End 3Q: Thunder 90, Mavericks 83 | OKC trying to force Game 7

Not sure what JDub’s thought process was to end the 3rd. Started walking it up before he seemed to realize the clock situation. Still 90-83 Thunder after 3. Both teams trading runs, the last one a 12-4 OKC stretch. PJ Washington passed the baton to DJJ. Shai isn’t human.

—Joel Lorenzi, Staff writer

3:39 left in 3Q: Thunder 79, Mavericks 73 | Daigneault challenging charge on Dort

Lu Dort avoids a fifth foul as Mark Daigneault wins the challenge.

6:44 left in 3Q: Thunder 77, Mavericks 69

Everyone take a breath.

Dallas is on a 9-0 run.

Half: Thunder 64, Mavericks 48

Strong close to the half for OKC, which leads 64-48. The 24-6 run, the Joe 3 to close. Getting a lot from Shai, who has 21 on 8-for-13 shooting. Thunder is 10 for 24 on 3s from a half. Notable closing sequence from JWill. Was in for that shot clock violation, banged a 3 after.

—Joel Lorenzi, Staff writer

5:00 left in half: Thunder 40, Mavericks 39 | Chet Holmgren, Lu Dort in foul trouble

Chet Holmgren and Lu Dort having three fouls with five minutes before halftime is less than ideal for OKC.

—Joe Mussatto, Staff writer

7:14 left 2Q: Thunder 38, Mavericks 32

Timeout OKC after a quick 5-0 run by Dallas.

SGA has 13 points for the Thunder.

Doncic has 12 for the Mavs.

End 1Q: Thunder 30, Mavericks 23 | Jalen Williams hits deep 3-pointer at buzzer

Jalen Williams pulls up from the logo to end the quarter and hits. Makes it 30-23 Thunder after 1. I believe that's the first first quarter OKC has won this series. Shotmaking on its side now. 41.7% from 3. Still funneling plenty to Dort, but he's hitting.

—Joel Lorenzi, Staff writer

9:22 left in 1Q: Thunder 13, Mavericks 4

As good of a start to this game as OKC can get — 13-4 lead, JDub with a couple slams already, Chet with a 3 in a window he might not have previously shot in, a Dort rim finish, a couple successful Luka blitzes, now a possible Dort four-point play.

—Joel Lorenzi, Staff writer

Thunder starting lineup vs Mavericks in Game 6

Isaiah Joe replacing Josh Giddey in the starting lineup again for Game 6 tonight.

—Joel Lorenzi, Staff writer

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What 'NBA Countdown' said about before Thunder-Mavericks Game 6

The Thunder is facing elimination in the NBA playoffs tonight and the ESPN studio show has a few thoughts on why the Mavericks are a win away from the Western Conference finals.

Did the Thunder do enough to add size in the paint at the trade deadline?

Does the Thunder know any better, given the team's youth?

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith and Michael Wilbon both have Dallas closing out the series tonight.

"This Oklahoma City Thunder team is coming and you better beat them now," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said.

—Jeff Patterson, Staff writer

Jason Kidd praises Mavs' defense

The Mavericks defense has been the story of the series. The way they've walled off the paint and forced the Thunder to beat them from 3-point range.

The additions of Dereck Lively II and Daniel Gafford, whom Dallas drafted and traded for, have played significant roles.

Mavericks coach Jason Kidd was asked how this Dallas defense compares to Dallas' defense in its 2022 Western Conference Finals run.

"This team is probably better defensively ... Probably not even close," Kidd said. "And no disrespect to that first team. That first team was pretty good, too."

—Joe Mussatto, Staff writer

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Mark Daigneault backs Thunder's process

The Thunder likes the looks it's been getting. Shots just haven't fallen, especially from 3-point range.

"The most variant part of the game is if jump shots go in ... We can't overreact to one game ever," Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said before Game 6.

Daigneault said the Thunder was a better offensive team in Game 5 than it was in Game 4.

We'll see if Daigneault sticks with Isaiah Joe in the starting lineup Saturday.

—Joe Mussatto, Staff writer

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OKC Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks NBA playoffs Game 6 predictions

Justin Martinez, The Oklahoman

OKC gained momentum when it earned a comeback win in Game 4 on the road.

But Dallas snatched it right back with a convincing Game 5 victory. Luka Doncic played his best basketball of the series, recording a triple double, and OKC continued its struggles from deep despite starting Isaiah Joe over Josh Giddey.

The Mavericks have momentum and home court advantage entering Game 6. I'm picking them to close out the series.

Prediction: Dallas 103, OKC 97

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Game 6: How to watch OKC Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks

  • Date: Saturday, May 18

  • Time: 7 p.m. CT

  • TV: ABC

  • Live Stream: Sling (watch for free)

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Injury report for OKC Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks

OKC Thunder injury report


Dallas Mavericks injury report

Maxi Kleber (right shoulder sprain) is out. Olivier Maxence-Prosper (left ankle sprain) is out. Luka Doncic (right ankle sprain, left ankle soreness) is probable.

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Projected OKC Thunder starting lineup

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (30.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 6.2 APG)

  • Isaiah Joe (8.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.3 APG)

  • Lu Dort (10.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.4 APG)

  • Jalen Williams (19.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.5 APG)

  • Chet Holmgren (16.5 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 2.4 APG)

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Projected Dallas Mavericks starting lineup

  • Luka Doncic (33.9 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 9.8 APG)

  • Kyrie Irving (25.6 PPG, 5 RPG, 5.2 APG)

  • Derrick Jones Jr. (8.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1 APG)

  • P.J. Washington (11.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.5 APG)

  • Daniel Gafford (11.2 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.6 APG)

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OKC Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks regular-season series record

OKC won the regular-season series, 3-1.

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OKC Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks NBA playoffs Game 6 betting odds

Odds courtesy of BetMGM as of Saturday, May 18

  • Spread: Dallas (-3.5)

  • Over/under: 209.5

  • Moneyline: Dallas -175 | OKC +145

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