StatMuse: 14-0 in closeout games. The best record in NBA history.…
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Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving shared a wholesome moment after advancing to the next round ❤ AM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Luka Doncic on ESPN’s D grade for the Kyrie Irving trade: “D?” 😳
Kyrie: “From starting the All-Star Game to being a shit player.” 😂
Luka: “I don’t think we care. We enjoy playing with each other and this team. We don’t really care what other people have to say.” AM

Kyrie shared some heartfelt words with Mavs locker room 🙌 AM

Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins
Shoutout to SGA and that young Thunder team for an outstanding season and putting the world on notice… Luka, Kyrie leadership has been next level and showed tonight and that’s why I picked the Mavs to win this series! Carry the hell on… – 11:47 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Mavericks coach Jason Kidd on Kyrie Irving: “He was the glue in this series.”
More NBA from me: – 11:38 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
“I was doing my best not to let some tears come down from my eyes.”
Kyrie on his celebration after making his first conference finals since 2017 🥺
(via @NBA) PM

Buddy Grizzard @BuddyGrizzard
Prior to Mavs-Thunder Game 6, Dereck Lively had a series-best +18.8 net rating. Next closest teammate? Kyrie +4.8. Lively was a game-high +26 in Game 6. The series would not have been this close if Kidd hadn’t played Gafford more minutes than Lively.… PM

Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Great chat @GwashburnGlobe & I had with Kyrie in March on Boston, the Jays, finding a home in Dallas and more:… – 11:32 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving on their relationship:
Doncic: “He’s helped me mature a lot. Helped me see the game in a different way.”
Irving: “Off the court, I knew eventually that I would get him to open up…he’s a teddy bear that likes to compete.” PM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
Kyrie Irving, after Dallas advances to the Western Conference Finals: “I’m doing my best not to be so emotional right now because this is probably the hardest series I’ve ever had to go into… This is just our moment and I think it’s time we enjoy it.” PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kyrie Irving made 4 3s tonight.
All of them came after Thunder had a 17-point 3rd quarter lead
All of them came after the Thunder were unable to secure a defensive rebound.
Second chance points made up for all of those points allowed off turnovers for Mavericks. PM

Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
One word to describe the Mavs’ 17-point comeback victory?
Luka Doncic: “Amazing.”
Kyrie Irving: “Domination.” – 11:11 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Who would’ve thought when that Brooklyn meltdown happened, of Kyrie/KD/Harden, Kyrie is clearly in the best situation and making the most of it – 11:08 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
Irving says he had to fight back tears when asked to give an impromptu speech in the locker room after the game. Irving played in 3 straight East finals with Cleveland (and NBA Finals) but this is his first conference finals berth as an active player since 2017. He was inactive PM

Kane Pitman @KanePitman
Kyrie was asked how much fun the game was…
“It was fun when it ended” 😂 – 10:57 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Kyrie Irving is such a pro this interview on ESPN is so good – 10:49 PM
Bobby Manning @RealBobManning
Happy for Kyrie. – 10:48 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic combined to score or assist on 57 points in the second half as Mavs punch tickets to West finals. Dereck Lively (12 points, 15 rebounds, +26) was massive off the bench. Series hero P.J. Washington hits the winning free throws. – 10:48 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Great series, incredible shot making. So impressed by SGA in particular, but Luka/Kyrie vs. Joker or Anthony Edwards will be fun. – 10:48 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
That Kyrie 3 pointer off an offensive rebound at the buzzer that bounced 3 feet in the air and went down is going to haunt Thunder fans all summer. – 10:41 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie tonight:
First half — Second half —
4 PTS 18 PTS
His first Conference Finals since 2017. PM

Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Surprised Kidd left Luka and Kyrie in on defense with two timeouts left and then went no timeout. – 10:39 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Irving just found Lively, who finished over Holmgren through contact. He’s going to the line for a 3-point play. – 10:21 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Kyrie has such a beautiful jumper! So smoooth – 10:15 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
PJ Washington had a chance to take a 3 for his first points of the game, but passed it to Irving, who drills a triple to bring Dallas within two points.
The Mavs trail 97-95 with 7:22 left. – 10:14 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
That may have been the biggest rebound of Dereck Lively’s young career. He got Luka’s miss, fed it out to the perimeter and Irving then nailed a three-pointer. Mavs are within 97-95 with 7:22 to go. – 10:14 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Kyrie with the left-wing 3-pointer and the Mavs cut the Thunder’s lead to 97-95 with 7:22 left in the 4Q. OKC calls a timeout. Buckle up, it’ll be a tight finish – 10:14 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
End of the 3rd quarter: #Thunder 90, #Mavs 83.
Doncic: 25 pts, 6 rebs, 5 asts (7-10 FG: 4-6 3PT; 7-7 Ft)
Jones: 17 pts, 2 rebs
Irving: 14 pts, 2 asts
SGA: 28 pts, 7 asts (11-20 FG; 3-4 3PT; 3-6 FT) PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
End of 3Q: Thunder 90, Mavs 83
SGA – 28 points, 7 assists
JDub – 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Chet – 15 points
Dort – 11 points
Doncic – 25 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists
DJJ – 17 points
Kyrie – 14 points – 10:05 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
That was a pretty massive response by SGA, after Kyrie and Luka brought Dallas back into this game. This series has been tremendous. – 10:03 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Kyrie Irving drains his second 3 of the night, but SGA counters with a tough leaning jumper from the midrange. – 9:59 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Kyrie Irving was just called for a loose ball foul before he grabbed the offensive rebound. He picked up another one on the defensive end and he has three. – 9:50 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Mavs were behind 75-58 a heartbeat ago. Now, they have gotten 13 points from Luka and Kyrie and drawn within 77-71 with 6:44 left in the third. Potential crisis averted. – 9:44 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Kyrie Irving: 4 points on 5 shots at halftime.
It’s remarkable how little he’s been involved offensively for big stretches of this series. – 9:19 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Thunder up 64-48 at half. They’re 10-of-24 on 3s. SGA already at 21 points. OKC defense continues to minimize Kyrie Irving. Four points, five shots. P.J. Washington scoreless in six minutes. Three fouls. – 9:18 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
HALF: Thunder 64, Mavs 48
SGA – 21 points, 4 assists
JDub – 9 points, 3 assists
Chet – 9 points
Dort – 9 points
Doncic – 15 points, 4 rebounds
Gafford – 6 points, 6 reboudns
Kyrie – 4 points – 9:17 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Kyrie. Never been anyone like him. Alien.👽 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Can’t get over Kyrie laying an egg this whole series. This might be his worst playoff series of his career – 9:11 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
Kyrie is different 😤
(via @NBA) PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
this is anarchist art from kyrie PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Few things activate Kyrie Irving like subpar transition defense – 8:56 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Mavs trail 38-32 with 7:14 left in the second quarter. Irving and Doncic have back-to-back baskets. – 8:55 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
OKC has really made it tough on Kyrie to find any space to operate. As soon as it looks like he has an advantage, another defender comes over to double him. – 8:52 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Kyrie really doesn’t start playing until after the first quarter this spring… – 8:44 PM
Tim Cato @tim_cato
gut prediction: OKC’s showing up. they’re gonna hit shots. Dallas gonna need Luka/Kyrie to match them. – 8:14 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs starters: Jones, Washington, Gafford, Irving, Doncic
OKC starters: Dort, Williams, Holmgren, Joe, Gilgeous-Alexander
7:13 tip 97.1 @theeagledallas – 7:40 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Kyrie Irving warming up for Game 6 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Kyrie Irving expects Thunder’s ‘best shot’ in Game 6 as they face elimination (via @The_ThunderWire):… – 3:21 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Kyrie Irving on what he expects from the Thunder tonight “Their best shot, more than desperation” AM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Kyrie Irving on the Thunder: “They’re a great young core and they’re gonna be a team that’s gonna challenge us for the next few years.” – 11:47 AM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Kyrie Irving on what he expects from the Thunder: “Their best shot. More than desperation. We know this is their last chance to save their season.” – 11:42 AM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Asked Kyrie Irving what’s impressed him most about this Thunder team, he cited their resolve and how they got to this point: AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie in closeout games:
The only player to be undefeated in 10+ closeout games. AM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Time to cue up Semisonic…A 2nd trip to WCF in 3 yrs (6th in Mavs history). Kidd 4-0 in closeout games (3-0 w/Mavs). Kyrie 13-0 in closeouts avg. In 5 closeout games Luka 32.4 pts-8.8 rebs-10.4 assists. Game 6 @KevinGraySports pre at 6:30. Tip w/Brad & me at 7:13 @theeagledallas – 10:09 AM

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Clemente Almanza: FINAL: Mavs 117, Thunder 116 SGA – 36 points, 8 assists JDub – 22 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists Chet – 21 points Doncic – 29 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists Kyrie – 22 points DJJ – 22 points Lively II – 12 points, 15 rebounds Dallas wins the series 4-2 -via Twitter @CAlmanza1007 / May 18, 2024
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