Thunder leveled the semi-final series against the Mavericks…

In the second half, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 22 of his 34 points in the game. Chet Holmgren, a Thunder teammate, finished with 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks.

After halftime, Dallas had a 54-43 lead, but Thunder won with a 20-10 surge in the last minutes.

Gilgeous-Alexander remarked, “Everyone on the team has a role to play.”

Everybody has a favorite place to go. It’s up to us to just go in and have faith in our work. That is precisely what we did, and it worked.”

Luka Doncic recorded a triple double with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists, while PJ Washington led Dallas in scoring with 21 points.

But the Thunder made 23 of 24 free throws, while the Mavs only made 12 of their 23 attempts.

On Wednesday, the fifth game of their best-of-seven NBA Playoffs series will be played in Oklahoma.

In addition to winning on Monday, the Boston Celtics moved up to a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a 109-102 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Teammate Jaylen Brown of the Celtics contributed 27 points to Jayson Tatum’s game-high 33 points against the Cavaliers, who were without standout player Donovan Mitchell due to a left calf injury.

Boston coach Joe Mazzulla stated, “I thought both teams played really hard.” His side has a chance to win the series when they play again on Wednesday.

“I simply believed that plays needed to be made in the last moments. They created a ton of plays and put a ton of pressure on us, which caused us to create a ton of plays as well. I felt that both teams performed well.”

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