May 28, 2024 - Sports

πŸ€ πŸ’ Mavs, Stars lead their Western Conference finals

Dallas Mavericks Kyrie Irving wraps his arm around Luka Doncic

Kyrie Irving hugs Luka DončiΔ‡ during Game 3. Photo: Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images

The Mavericks are one win away from the NBA finals after taking a 3-0 lead over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Western Conference Finals.

  • The Stars are now 2-1 in the NHL Western Conference Finals.

Why it matters: The Mavericks haven't been to the NBA finals in 13 years β€” and they won the championship that year.

  • The odds are in Dallas' favor to win this series. "No team in NBA playoff history has rallied from 3-0 down," AP says.

The latest: The Stars took down the Oilers in dramatic fashion last night in Edmonton.

  • Dallas looked sluggish at first, ending the first period down 2-0. But Jason Robertson scored three goals to help the Stars win 5-3.
Jason Robertson celebrates a goal
Jason Robertson had gone 10 games without a goal until last night when he got his first with an assist from Roope Hintz, who was back after missing four games due to an injury. Photo: Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Catch up quick: The Mavericks faced tight matchups in Friday's Game 2 and Sunday's Game 3. The Mavs were leading the Timberwolves most of Sunday, but the Wolves managed to get ahead during the third quarter.

  • Between PJ Washington's three-pointer, Daniel Gafford's alley-oop dunk and his block of a Wolves layup, Dallas took and widened its lead.

Fun fact: Luka DončiΔ‡ and Kyrie Irving scored a combined 66 points in the 116-107 win Sunday night.

  • 🐐 Dirk Nowitzki, Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce were at Sunday's Mavs game. Kelce was also at Saturday's Stars game.

Yes, but: Rookie Dereck Lively II, who has been solid on offense and defense in the playoffs, hurt his neck in the second quarter Sunday and couldn't play the rest of the game.

  • He collided with Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, whose knee hit Lively's head.
  • Lively is out for tonight's game.

What's next: The Mavs look to sweep the Wolves tonight at the American Airlines Center. Game 4 starts at 7:30pm.

  • Whoever wins the series will face the Boston Celtics in the finals.
  • The Stars play Game 4 tomorrow in Canada.
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