Thunder dominate Mavericks in Game 1 of West semifinals with 29 points from Canada’s Gilgeous-Alexander

Canada's Gilgeous-Alexander has 29 points to help Thunder roll past Mavericks in Game 1 of West semifinals

**Oklahoma City Thunder Dominate Game 1 Against Dallas Mavericks**

In a thrilling Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series, the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder emerged victorious against the Dallas Mavericks with a resounding 117-95 win. The star of the night was none other than Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who showcased his talent with an impressive stat line of 29 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. On the other hand, the usually reliable Luka Doncic struggled, scoring only 19 points on 6-for-19 shooting.

**The Defensive Battle Between Gilgeous-Alexander and Doncic**

The matchup between Gilgeous-Alexander and Doncic was highly anticipated, with both players being MVP finalists. While Gilgeous-Alexander delivered a stellar performance, Doncic failed to find his rhythm and was visibly frustrated with his shooting. Despite the tough defense from Lu Dort and the Thunder team as a whole, the Mavericks will need to regroup and come back stronger in Game 2.

Despite being outrebounded, the Thunder’s defense held strong, limiting the Mavericks to 39.3% shooting. Gilgeous-Alexander’s dominance, along with contributions from Holmgren and Williams, was enough to secure a comfortable victory for Oklahoma City.

**Looking Ahead to Game 2**

As both teams prepare for Game 2, the Thunder are well aware of the Mavericks’ capability to bounce back, as evidenced by their previous series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Coach Mark Daigneault emphasized the importance of not underestimating their opponent and staying focused for the full 48 minutes.

In conclusion, Game 1 was a statement win for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the Mavericks are not to be taken lightly. It will be intriguing to see how both teams adjust and respond in the upcoming games, making this Western Conference semifinal series a must-watch for all NBA fans. Stay tuned for more electrifying basketball action between these two talented teams.

Cliff Brunt, The Associated Press



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