Orlando (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks around their star Luka Doncic and national player Maxi Kleber are threatened with the end in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The former team of basketball legend Dirk Nowitzki lost the important fifth game against the Los Angeles Clippers with 111: 154.

In the series it is now 3: 2 for the Clippers around Paul George (35 points) and Kawhi Leonard (32), for whom one more victory is enough to move into the second round. Kleber came up with a decent 12 points, 4 rebounds and 1 template in 28 minutes. Doncic (22/8/4) missed similarly good results as at his gala performance on Sunday and could not compensate for the renewed failure of his partner Kristaps Porzingis. The Latvian had already missed the game due to a knee injury.

The winner of this series will face either the Utah Jazz or the Denver Nuggets in the semifinals of the Western Conference. In this duel, the Nuggets prevented elimination with the 117: 107 and reduced it to 2: 3.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks was previously named best defender in the NBA for the first time. He is also considered a favorite for the title of Most Valuable Main Round Player. He had already received this award last season.

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