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Jason Kidd reacts to Mavericks eliminating No 1. seed Thunder

Jason Kidd reacted to the Dallas Mavericks eliminating the No. 1 seed Oklahoma City Thunder. The Mavericks advanced to the Western Conference Finals after overcoming a 17-point deficit to win 117-116 in Game 6.

P.J. Washington Jr. secured the victory with crucial free throws and an intentional miss in the final seconds. Luka Doncic recorded a triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Derrick Jones Jr. scored a personal playoff career-high of 22 points. Kyrie Irving added another 22 points.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the MVP runner-up, had 31 points for the Thunder. Jalen Williams and Chet Holmgren also delivered solid performances but could not secure the win.

Dallas now prepares for a challenging series against either the Denver Nuggets or Minnesota Timberwolves, starting Wednesday night. Kidd emphasized there was no pressure on the fifth-seeded Mavericks.

“There’s really no pressure on us, we’re the fifth seed,” Kidd said. He noted that the pressure was on the top-seeded Thunder.

“For us to be able to knock off the Clippers first and then to take on the No. 1 seed, the pressure’s on them no matter how young they are. They had to win this series because of what they’ve gone through the season to get the No. 1 seed could go to waste. But the experience is good for them and they will get better from it.

“But for us it’s just a matter of just taking one game at a time, executing the game plan and believing that you can win. And that’s what that locker room and around the Mavs employees everyone believes that we can win.”

Kidd highlighted the positive atmosphere within the Mavericks’ locker room. “This is a great group. They hang out, they tease each other. We have fun. It’s positive,” Kidd stated.

He acknowledged that few expected Dallas to knock off the No. 1 seed. He expressed confidence in his team’s ability to compete in the next series.

“But to knock off the No. 1, not a lot of people had us doing that. And that’s cool. The next series too, everybody has their opinion, but we won’t be favorite in that next series, but we got to find a way to find on the road and I truly believe that we can do that,” he concluded.

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