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Doncic threw Maverick’s 124-97 win over Cavaliers

CLEVELAND – Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points and Josh Richardson had 20, which allowed the playoff-tied Dallas Mavericks to beat Luka Doncic’s ejection in a 124-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. Doncic received an obvious foul early in the third quarter – an automatic ejection – for hitting Collin Sexton with an “aggressive blow to the groin,” according to senior officer David Guthrie. It occurred when there was a pressing need to be under the Cleveland basket. Dallas extended their lead on a game against Portland in the battle for fifth place in the Western Conference. The Lakers started in seventh place two games behind the Mavericks that night, which would make them the top seed in the play-in tournament. Doncic finished on 15 points in 22 minutes and Jalen Brunson had 13 points and seven assists for the Mavericks, who never lagged behind in their fourth straight win. Dwight Powell had 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots. Sexton scored 24 points for the Cavaliers. They lost their 10th game in a row – matching their longest skid of the season – and haven’t won against Chicago since April 21st. Kevin Love added eight points and 11 rebounds and Mfiondu Kabengele had 14 points. After Doncic was thrown 1:55 in the second half, Sexton made the two free throws to bring Cleveland to 68-59. Dallas responded with a 30-13 run with 11 points from Richardson. Brunson dug a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter to give Dallas the biggest lead with 103-73. Southwest Division champions Mavericks have been 7-1 since April 27. Fan favorite Anderson Varejao was Cleveland’s first player off the bench and had five points and eight rebounds in 16 minutes. The Cavaliers, who fell five straight at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, lost to Dallas for the second time in three days. The Mavericks extended their lead to 14 in the middle of the second half and were 64:53 at halftime. Richardson led all scorers with 16 points and Doncic had 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Richardson had 14 points and Hardaway added nine in the first as Dallas rose 39-30. Sexton scored 10 points for the Cavaliers, who only drew 5-5 and failed to hold the lead in a game for the fourth time this season. STRETCH RUN The Mavericks face only one playoff contender in their last four games and travel to Memphis for their next competition. Dallas concludes the regular season with New Orleans, Toronto and Minnesota. “The boys are aware of the ranking so I don’t have to talk about it,” said coach Rick Carlisle. “With the way this season is going, I’m more concerned with ‘Where are we? What time is it? And where do you want to be in 10 minutes? TIP-INS Mavericks: Doncic made his 1,500th career support two days after scoring his 5,000th point in the NBA. … F Kristaps Porzingis (pain in the right knee) missed his sixth game in a row and F Maxi Kleber (pain in the right Achilles) missed his fourth game in a row. … Rookie G Tyrell Terry (for personal reasons) has not appeared in a game since January 29th … Dallas used 27 lineups and started 15 different players in their first 68 games. Cavaliers: G Darius Garland (left ankle sprain), injured against Washington on April 30, trained on the field before the game. … F Cedi Osman (right ankle pain), C Isaiah Hartenstein (possible concussion), F Lamar Stevens (concussion), F Taurean Prince (left ankle surgery), F Larry Nance Jr. (fracture of the right thumb), G Matthew Dellavedova (neck trunk) and F Dylan Windler (left knee surgery) were not available. UP NEXT Mavericks: Tuesday night in Memphis. Cavaliers: host Indiana on Monday night. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Brian Dulik, The Associated Press

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