In a tightly contested battle, the Dallas Mavericks emerged victorious, securing a pivotal 2-1 lead against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 (105-101) of their playoff series.

Despite facing adversity with injuries, Luka Doncic contributied 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Mavericks to victory. But it was P.J. Washington, who led the Mavs in scoring with 27 points.

Kyrie Irving’s clutch performance, including a crucial running left-hander in the final minute, propelled the Mavericks to a hard-fought win.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s efforts for the Thunder, with 31 points and 10 rebounds, were not enough to overcome the Mavericks. Jalen Williams provided support with 16 points, six rebounds, and eight assists.

Oklahoma City, the top seed in the playoffs, now finds themselves in a challenging position after losing consecutive games for the first time in the postseason.